After the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the U.S. Congress should lift the blockade imposed on the island because it is a failed policy, The New York Times says in an article.
The normalization of ties between the two countries will take years and it will be an arduous process because there are difficult problems to resolve as the future of the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba, whose occupation the Cuban government considers illegal, the text says.
The negotiation around the nationalized properties after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and other totally divergent items on the internal politics of the Caribbean nation, are also pending, but only the Cubans are the ones who should discuss and resolve them.
Cuba and the United States formally restored diplomatic ties yesterday and turn its interest sections into embassies that worked in the respective capitals since September 1977.
The island’s authorities have reiterated that the economic blockade is the main obstacle in the way to the normalization of bilateral ties and are willing to discuss any issue with Washington, but on the basis of sovereign equality and the non-interference in the internal affairs of the Caribbean nation.