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EU Official Urges Castro to Free Jailed Dissidents

A top European Union official says he urged Cuban president Fidel Castro to release jailed dissidents during a four-hour meeting that ended early Saturday.

EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel characterized the meeting in the Cuban capital, Havana, as cordial. He says the Cuban leader showed a strong interest in resuming a political dialogue with the EU.

He also met with members of Cuba's dissident movement during the three-day visit.

Mr. Michel is the most senior EU official to visit Cuba since the Castro communist government imprisoned 75 dissidents in March, 2003. The EU responded with diplomatic sanctions, but later suspended them after 14 of the prisoners were released.

Mr. Michel says no agreements have been reached on the remaining prisoners.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.