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Cuba Expels 2 European Legislators


Arnold Vaatz speaks to journalists at Madrid's Barajas airport after being expelled from Cuba along with Czech Senator Karel Schwarzenberg
The Cuban government has expelled two European legislators from Havana, because they were planning to meet with opponents of President Fidel Castro's Communist government.

Diplomats say Cuban officials escorted a German legislator, Arnold Vaatz and a Czech parliamentarian, Karl Schwarzenberg to the airport late Thursday.

The two men were part of a delegation from European Union nations visiting Cuba. They had planned their meeting with dissidents for Friday.

Earlier this week, Cuban authorities barred two Polish members of the European Parliament from entering the country, for the same reason.

Next month, the European Union is due to reconsider its policy on sanctions against Cuba, based on the Castro government's treatment of dissidents. E.U. sanctions were lifted in January on a temporary basis, subject to the upcoming review.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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