Official rejects sending protest note to U.S.

February 10, 2006

Miami Herald

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez on Thursday rejected a call by the lower house of Congress urging a diplomatic note be sent to the United States to protest Washington's pressuring of a U.S.-owned hotel here to expel Cuban officials.

In a nonbinding resolution, the leadership body of the lower house said Mexico should send a note expressing the country's 'absolute rejection' of the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba.

But Derbez said the issue would be handled domestically, with federal officials imposing fines against the hotel and Mexico City officials threatening to close it down for code violations.



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