Embargo law due for a tweak, says an author

March 18, 2006

Miami Herald- Pablo Bachelet

WASHINGTON - Ten years after the controversial Helms-Burton Act tightened the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, one of its staunchest supporters now says that some of its key passages may need to be changed.

Back in 1996, President Clinton signed the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act, which provided support for Cuban dissidents and threatened lawsuits against foreigners who invested in Cuban properties seized from U.S. subjects and businesses.

It also detailed what Cuba needed to do before the embargo could be lifted: for instance, when a transition government would have to hold elections -- within 18 months -- and who could head that government, not Fidel Castro or his brother Raúl.


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