556. 3/15/2003

“In early March [2003], the Cuban government announced that American diplomats stationed at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana cannot travel beyond Havana province without prior approval by the government of Cuba. The American government reciprocated by requiring approval for Cuban diplomats stationed at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, to travel beyond the DC metropolitan area. Previous to the new rule, diplomats only had to give notice to the host government of travel plans. Cuba’s actions against American diplomats were purported to be in response to meetings with Cuban dissidents and independent journalists by James Cason, Chief of the U.S. Interests Section, Havana.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

“Embargo Update: Overview of Recent Developments,” HavanaJournal.com, April 1, 2003

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