558. 3/18/2003

“…Havana, 18 March [2003]…Cuban experts asserted that the behaviour meetings with Cuban dissidents and independent journalists  of James Cason, Chief of the U.S. Interest Section in Havana, is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Missions and foments internal subversion on the island. In a forum broadcast by radio and television, the panelists agreed that with his actions Cason is violating Article 3 of the above-mentioned Convention, because he is disregarding the obligations of his post and is taking up prerogatives outside his role. The panelists listed the U.S. diplomat’s actions since he arrived on the island on September 2002 to head the U.S. Interest Section, a mission that Havana can do without, as President Fidel Castro said on 6 September.” [Editor’s note: The behavior that Cuban experts refer to is meetings with Cuban dissidents and independent journalists that James Cason was having.]

“George W. Bush (R). Timeline,” Cuba versus Blockade: Cuban People’s website, 2007

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