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US-Cuban prisoner exchange is long overdue, says TUC

17 December 2014

Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) that three Cubans jailed in Florida have been released by the US government in a prisoner exchange, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome this rare – if overdue – example of common sense prevailing over petty politics and posturing.

“We are delighted that the remaining members of the Cuban Five are free and will be able to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones, from whom they have for too long been kept apart.

“We very much hope that this signals a new era for US-Cuban relations, and that President Obama will move immediately to end the decades-long illegal embargo which has blighted so many lives.”

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