The face of Che Guevara adorns the old Ministry of Industry building in Havana.
The Organization of American States lifted its 47-year suspension of Cuba on Wednesday, on the condition that Havana undergo democratic reforms in line with OAS principles. Cuba, however, has rejected re-entry, declaring, “Before returning to the OAS, the North and South Seas will join and a serpent will be born from an eagle’s egg.”
The New York Times:
After two days of intense negotiations, the Organization of American States agreed Wednesday to lift a cold war provision that suspended Cuba from the group but also accepted a list of conditions, backed by Washington, that Havana would have to meet before being allowed to return.
The compromise was a stunning about-face for the 34-nation group, which had been in what appeared to be an intractable stalemate that threatened to polarize the hemisphere.