U.S. diplomatic negotiations with Cuba begin with historic meeting in Havana
Local 10 News reports on historic change from Havana
HAVANA – After negotiations with Cuban diplomats Wednesday and Thursday, the highest-level U.S. delegation to visit Cuba in decades, plans to meet with a group of anti-Castro Cuban dissidents in Havana Friday.
The historic week of meetings began, after President Barack Obama's promised a change of approach during his State of the Union address, and after a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the Communist form of government.
While both sides reported making progress, there was a disagreement Thursday about whether or not the subject of human rights had been discussed. The U.S. claimed it had been a subject of discussion. The Cubans said it was not.
- Cubans are hungry for technology
- Anti-Castro dissident skips U.S. meeting
- U.S. diplomat meets with Cuban dissidents
- Cuba wants U.S. to stop dissidents' support
- Video: Leader of U.S. delegation's statement
- Video: Leader of U.S. delegation answers reporters' questions
- Leader of Cuban delegation Josefina Vidal talks to Local 10 News
The United States and Cuba made progress Thursday toward restoring diplomatic ties and embassies as promised by their leaders, even as key officials warned that re-establishing normal relations after more than 50 years of animosity faced a long and complicated process.
- Communist island's Cuban cigar connoisseurs prefer U.S. embargo gone
- Bilateral optimism shown during second day of U.S.-Cuba talks
- Students hope U.S. will help improve Internet access in Cuba
- As negotiations continue, Cubans in Havana remain hopeful
- Second day of historic negotiations begins in Havana
- Top U.S. diplomat for Latin America's statement
The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters, but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and the highest-ranking U.S. delegation to the island in more than three decades.
- Top Cuban diplomat leading negotiations is known as a former spy
- Top U.S. diplomat in Cuba was once criticized for Cafe Havana party
- Buildings housing interest sections may soon become embassies
- High-level delegations kick off diplomatic talks in Havana
- Photos: U.S.-Cuba diplomats meet in Havana
- Photos: Local 10 News behind-the-scenes
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