posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary welcomes the decision, that as a result of the mediation efforts by the Cuban Roman Catholic Church and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain, Cuban authorities shall release 52 political prisoners, and considers this development an initial step towards the actual improvement of the human rights situation in Cuba.
Hungary deems it necessary that following a speedy and complete implementation of the relevant agreement of discharge, this process should continue, leading to an early and unconditional release of all political prisoners. Forced emigration of former political prisoners cannot be the solution; only dialogue within the society can open up a new chapter in this field as well.
Hungary is interested in witnessing real changes in the human rights situation in Cuba and in having social and economic reforms introduced. This could provide a new basis for cooperation between the EU, its Member States and Cuba.