Cuba blames failed Richardson trip on his actions

By REUTERS
September 15, 2011 04:38

 
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HAVANA - Cuba said on Wednesday it refused to let former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson see jailed American Alan Gross during a recent visit to the island because it was irked at some of his actions.

The Cuban government said in a statement that Richardson had used "slanderous" language by referring to Gross as a hostage in remarks to the media and had attempted to pressure the government into letting him see Gross, which made it impossible for the visit to occur.

"Mr. Richardson was reminded that Cuba is a sovereign country that does not accept blackmail, pressures or arrogance," said the statement from Josefina Vidal, the Foreign Ministry's director of North American affairs.

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