Cuba: Failed Attempts to Free Alan GrossJanuary 9, 2013 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES – U.S. Senator John Kerry held a secret meeting in 2010 with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in a failed attempt to free operative Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba, Foreign Affairs magazine revealed.
According to El Nuevo Herald, the article says that in September 2010 there was a secret meeting between the then Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela, and Rodriguez, and a month later another contact occurred between Cuba’s FM and Sen. John Kerry, in New York.
Gross’s release was conditioned on cutting the “pro-democracy” destabilization programs of the State Department and USAID, but could not be achieved because the maneuvers of the Cuban-American Florida lobby, which is inflexible
Gross was arrested in Havana in late 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for endangering Cuban national security. His arrest is considered by some specialists as an obstacle in efforts to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
Kerry has been nominated for Secretary of State in substitution of Hillary Clinton for the second term of Barack Obama.