INTERNATIONAL: US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

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INTERNATIONAL: US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

NEW YORK TIMES — President Obama on Wednesday announced his plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba this month, declaring that the two nations were ready to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and to start a “new chapter” of engagement after more than a half-century of estrangement.

“Our nations are separated by only 90 miles, and there are deep bonds of family and friendship between our people, but there have been very real, profound differences between our governments, and sometimes we allow ourselves to be trapped by a certain way of doing things,” Mr. Obama said in the Rose Garden at the White House, taking note of the decades of hostility born of the Cold War that prompted the United States to isolate its neighbor to the south, a strategy he said had failed.

The diplomatic breakthrough is the most concrete progress to date in Mr. Obama’s push, announced in December after months of secret talks, for an official rapprochement with Cuba.

In announcing it, the president was cementing a central element of his foreign policy legacy that has engendered stiff resistance in Congress, particularly among Republicans and Cuban-American lawmakers, and is likely to become a flash point in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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  1. We should all be happy for the Cuban people. We have had our turn. It's time now to reflect on an economy not primarily based on tourism. We should have used tourism to make to advance ourselves. Can't have all the eggs in one basket. Time to move on. Why are we so pessimistic ?

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  2. THERE WILL BE A LEVEL OF MISTRUST ON BOTH SIDES AFTER ALL THESE DECADES OF HOSTILITY. THEIR EMBASSIES WILL SERVE AS CENTRES OF ESPIONAGE DURING THE FIRST FEW YEARS.

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  3. Make plans because this spells the end of the Tourist Industry for St. Lucia. Cost of vacationing in St.Lucia have always been to high, now you can bite the bullet for a change. They have been going after Chastanet for the wrong reasons, now boys, let's see you do the miracle.

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  4. Another shoe has dropped. The impact on domestic tourism may see a decline in arrival figures with a siphoning away from the Saint Lucian destination. Only the honeymooning might remain relatively unscathed.

    What will our two obtuse political party leaders do proactively? Spend more money on promotion? Grant more concessions like total tax exemptions to the sector? Expand the number of people entitled to work in STEP?

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