OAS Ends Cuba Suspension After 47 Years The Organization of American States has lifted a decades-old ban on Cuba's participation in the group, clearing the way for the island's return. However, Cuban officials have repeatedly insisted they have no interest in returning to an organization they consider a tool of the United States.

OAS Ends Cuba Suspension After 47 Years

OAS Ends Cuba Suspension After 47 Years

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The Organization of American States has lifted a decades-old ban on Cuba's participation in the group, clearing the way for the island's return. However, Cuban officials have repeatedly insisted they have no interest in returning to an organization they consider a tool of the United States.

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Member nations accepted the change by acclimation, which means they didn't have to cast a formal vote, which in turn means the United States didn't have to formally go on the record. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lobbied to require Cuba to enact democratic reforms before it could return. Instead, the organization called only for a process of dialogue with Cuba if it decides to join the group.

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