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Cuban Foreign Ministry: Press Release on Cuba-EU Talks

Havana, Cuba, Jun 26.- Delegations of Cuba and the European Union (EU) held technical talks on human rights issues as a result of the Sixth Session of the political dialogue at ministerial level.

On Friday, Cubaminrex, the official Web site of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, issued a press release about this meeting, held on June 25 between delegations of Cuba and the EU, chaired by Stavros Lambrinidis, Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights, and Pedro Nunez, Director General of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was held in a respectful and professional atmosphere.

This technical dialogue on human rights is one of the results of the sixth session of the political dialogue at ministerial level, held on April 22, reads the document.

As the Cuban foreign minister said on that occasion, the dialogue is a continuity of the extensive exchanges on human rights and Cuba and the community bloc have maintained, adds the text.

According to the press release , the Cuban representatives expressed their interest in that talks can contribute to an effective, constructive and non-discriminatory treatment of the human rights issue; and based on full respect for the sovereign equality, reciprocity, independence, self-determination and non-interference in the internal affairs of the parties.

Likewise, the Cuban delegation emphasized the need to observe a proper balance between issues in the spheres of civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights; as well as in the universal, indivisible and interdependent nature of human rights and that all categories of human rights must be addressed in a fair and equal manner, on an equal footing and giving them all equal weight, continues the press release.

At the same time, it expressed its interest in addressing in future meetings, among other issues, the confrontation against racial discrimination; the human rights of vulnerable groups, such as migrants, including treatment to them, religious and ethnic minorities; the protection of human rights in the context of the struggle against terrorism; the right to privacy in the digital era; and the guarantee and exercise of economic, social and cultural rights, which are also issues of concern to the international community. The Cuban delegation, continues the document, reaffirmed its willingness to continue these exchanges also based on the recognition and respect of existing conceptual differences, as well as its willingness to address any topic, on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual respect.

The venue, date and agenda of the next meeting will be defined through diplomatic channels, concludes the text. (ACN)