HAVANA - Cuba has proposed talks with the United States about resolving the case of jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross, but has received no response, indicating a lack of interest by Washington, a top Cuban diplomat said on Monday.

Foreign Ministry official Josefina Vidal said at a press conference that Cuba had proposed discussions "as a first step for the development of a process...toward finding a solution to the case of Mr. Alan Gross."

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Gross, 63, has been jailed since December 2009 and is serving a 15-year sentence for illegally setting up Internet networks in Cuba under a US program that promotes political change on the communist island.

Cuban officials have said before that they would be open to talks about Gross, but this was the first time known that they have said they had proposed them.

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