posted on Aug, 21 2005 @ 11:59 AM
Cuba and Panama have restored diplomatic relations after they were severed last year. The diplomatic standoff occured last year when the outgoing
Panamanian President, Mireya Elisa Moscoso, pardoned 4 men that were imprisoned for trying to assassinate Cuban President Castro. Diplomatic relations
were restored by a signing ceremony in Havana attended by Castro and the current Panamanian President Torrijos.
Cuba and Panama have restored diplomatic ties a year after they were broken off when Panama's former president pardoned four Cuban exiles.
The men had been accused of attempting to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro five years ago.
They included Luis Posada Carriles, branded by Cuba as the hemisphere's worst terrorist.
The states restored ties at a ceremony in the Cuban capital attended by Mr Castro and Panama's current president.
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Chalk up a another win for diplomacy
I find it incredibly heartening when differences between countries can be solved without bloodshed and
through purely peaceful means.
Both the Panamanians and Cubans should be proud at how their two countries have behaved in such a tense situation. The releasing of assassins that
have tried to murder a head of state would ruffle any countries feathers. It would be akin to Pakistan releasing Osama Bin Laden if they caught him
amnd jailed him. It is just not the right thing to do.
[edit on 21/8/05 by subz]