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Friday 7th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

“FRUITFUL” talks were held yesterday between US diplomats and campaigners fighting to free the Cuban Five.

Labour MPs, Unite leader Len McCluskey and top lawyers led a Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) delegation to the US embassy in London.

The group, representing more than five million Britain people, handed over the final report of an international inquiry into the case to first secretary for political affairs Kevan Higgins.

“We are here representing millions of people from across the world who are now asking President Obama to grant humanitarian pardons for the three remaining Cubans held now for 16 years in US jails,” said Mr McCluskey.

Mr McCluskey set out the key findings from the inquiry, which was hosted by Britain’s Law Society and heard from expert witnesses, attorneys and family members.

He explained how the men were sent to Miami to stop terror attacks that claimed the lives of thousands of Cubans — not to spy on the US government.

Labour MP Cathy Jamieson said: “This issue is one that is widely supported by parliamentarians. We want to see the United States end this human tragedy as soon as possible.”

The group also pressed for the release of the three men who remained in prison in exchange for US spy Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuba for the past five years.

Mr Higgins rejected the comparison between the cases but assured the delegation that its report and appeal would be delivered to President Obama.

CSC director Rob Miller labelled the meeting “interesting and fruitful.”