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Assistance To A Free Cuba

The U.S. is committed to assisting Cubans as they seek a democratic transition from the Communist regime of Fidel Castro.

Through its Compact with the Cuban People and its Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, the U.S. continues to provide humanitarian aid and, should the U.S. be asked, help with preparations for multiparty democratic elections once Cuba becomes free.

The U.S. is also supporting Cubans who want democratic change by providing uncensored information through radio and television broadcasts and the Internet. During 2007 and 2008, the U.S. will provide eighty million dollars to support these activities. The U.S. will also work to improve enforcement of sanctions to maintain economic pressure on the Cuban regime and limit its ability to sustain itself and repress the Cuban people.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. is keeping its promise to support "the right of all Cubans to define a future of freedom and democracy for themselves and their country":

"This Compact and the second report's recommendations reflect America's resolve to stand with Cuba's opposition, men and women who are forced into fearful silence but who remain free in their hearts and minds."

Secretary of State Rice says, "The day will come when the Cuban people take back their sovereignty." On that day, says Ms. Rice, the U.S. "will be there to support them and to begin building the close relationship that two great nations should have."

The preceding was an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government.