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Cuba Policy Foundation

 STATEMENT FROM

THE CUBA POLICY FOUNDATION 

April 23, 2003

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the US-based Cuba Policy Foundation and its Board members, along with its Executive Director, resigned today to protest the recent waive of repression and executions in Cuba.

The Cuba Policy Foundation has been the premier US nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of the benefits of expanding trade and people-to-people contact with Cuba. It has embraced the view that the enlarged economic and personal exchange with the Island would, in fact, be in the interests of both countries and ease the process of change in Cuba. CPF's Board has been a Who's-Who of Americans interested in Cuba and the normalization of relations with the island.

The resigning Board members and the Executive Director issued a Statement of Reasons for the mass resignation:

"All of us are appalled at the recent executions and jailings in Cuba. The regime's sudden, wholesale repression of human rights is incomprehensible as a matter of policy, and unacceptable as a matter of principle.

"We are firm in our view that engaging Cuba would advance both America's national interest and peaceful political and economic change in Cuba. Likewise, we will continue, in our individual capacities, to support those members of Congress, the business community, and the growing number of Cuban-Americans and citizens across the country who seek to advance these goals.

"The recent wave of repression adds to the urgency of the effort. But it also raises new obstacles. The regime could not have failed to know that its actions would have a chilling effect on efforts here to ease the US sanctions. Indeed, the arrests of dissidents who had just days before met with members of the U.S. Congress can only be interpreted as intended to slow the initiative and to embarrass those who were behind it.

"We organized, funded and supported the Foundation because we hoped, and had reason to believe, that its energetic efforts to modify the ban on Cuba trade, travel and investment might succeed over time. We can only conclude, however, that in spite of its claims to the contrary, Cuba does not share our enthusiasm for a more open relationship. For this reason we have tendered our resignations.

"Daily operations of the Foundation will cease as of this date. The corporation will technically remain in existence, and Mr. Alexander will maintain its website as a public resource."

Hon. William Rogers, Chairman of the Board

Darius Anderson

Hon. Diego Asencio

Hon. Sally Grooms Cowal

Jo Ivey Boufford

Eusebio Mujal-Leon

Martha Muse

Raimundo L. Ruga

Harry Schlaudeman

Paul Smyke

Hon. Thomas F. Stroock

  

Brian Alexander, Executive Director

For more information, contact Brian Alexander at 202-321-CUBA (2822) or alexander@cubafoundation.org.

 

 

 
 
 

 

COMMENTARY from the Christian Science Monitor, "New Cuban rights abuse: no excuse to slow US outreach," by former CPF executive director, Brian Alexander, April 17, 2003.

 
CPF Reports & Polls
     
 

REPORT: Lifting Travel Ban Benefits American Farmers, February 2003.  Lifting travel ban would yield a boost of $126 million to $252 million in additional annual U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, creating between 3,490 and 6,980American jobs.  Click for press release or the full report.

TRAVEL STUDY: Ending the ban on American travel to Cuba benefits the U.S. economy.  CPF study shows travel-related gains of up to $1.7 billion and over 10,000 American jobs following lifting of travel ban.  See the summary,  or read the full report.

FARM REPORT: The embargo is costing U.S. farmers up to $1.24 billion annually in exports, plus up to $3.6 billion more annually to ag-related economy, according to CPF study. See the summary, which provides an overview and a chart of the 20 most-affected states, or read  the full report. Call CPF at 202.835-0200 for further statistics, including commodity-by-commodity impact numbers for every state.

ENERGY SECTOR: Lifting U.S. embargo against Cuba could result in $2 to $3 billion annually for U.S. energy industry, according to report by two of nation's top energy economists.  See the press release or read the full report.

PUBLIC OPINION: Majorities of the American people favor change in Cuba policy, as do increasing numbers of Cuban-Americans.  Click for details.

CPF Co-Hosts International Conference at Wilton Park, UK, October 18-20, 2002.  "Cuba: Future Prospects and Prospects for Integration into the Western Hemisphere," attended by US, EU, Cuban and other delegates.  Click here for report, or here for conference program.

 
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