Cuba says open to human rights discussion with EU

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba said yesterday it was  willing to discuss human rights with the European Union as part  of their renewed relationship, but indicated that talk about  its prisons may not be any of Europe’s business.

The EU and Cuba, which reestablished cooperation last year  after a five-year rift over Cuban political prisoners, said  they would meet in Brussels in May for political dialogue in  another step toward normalizing relations.

The announcement was made at a joint appearance by new  Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and EU Development and  Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel, who is visiting the  Cuban capital.

The two met on the sixth anniversary of a government  crackdown in which 75 dissidents and independent journalists  were arrested and jailed on sentences ranging from six to 28  years.

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