Undercover Diplomacy with Cuba, in Guadalajara Fair

Mexico, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Undercover diplomacy with Cuba, by U.S. investigators Peter Kornbluh and William Leogrande, was presented today at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara, Mexico.

The book is the Spanish updated version of Back Channel to Cuba, explained Peter Kornbluh, director of the Project Cuba of the National Security Archive of the George Washington University, in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina.

The book has a chapter on the process that led to the agreements between presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced last December 17, 2014, explains the interviewee, who assures it is the most detail account of the secret negotiations that led to resuming diplomatic relations between both countries.

In Guadalajara will be exposed to public opinion declassified documents that demonstrate the aggressive Washington policy

On that he mentioned, among other events, the invasion of Playa Giron, the attempts against the life of Fidel Castro, the support of terrorists that exploded in mid air a Cuban commercial plane and the policy of isolation of over half a century against the small Caribbean island.

“But Undercover Diplomacy with Cuba also exposes episodes in which both countries talked during all these years to search for solutions to their great differences,” said the U.S. academician.

He stressed that the main purpose of the book that today was presented in Mexico and Latin America is to demonstrate that those contacts prove that the present moment between the United States and Cuba has a precedence and should continue “for the benefit of both peoples.”

Kornbluh has at hand a directive of president James Carter (1977-1981) in which he instructs to talk with Havana to search for ways to normalization, among other purposes, to combat terrorism.

“Those are not the only contacts, there were with Kennedy, with President Gerald Ford and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger (Republicans) and others,” he says.

Following his words, he underlines that Fidel Castro always looked for a dialogue to solve the great differences with Washington.

Peter Kornbluh resists to be called a “declassifier of secret documents,” but emphasizes that both in the U.S. and Cuba there are still archives to be revealed top ut together a history of aggressions to the island. Also, there are conversations not yet revealed that sustain the gradual process of bilateral normalization, he asserted.

Undercover diplomacy with Cuba was presented today at the International Fair of Guadalajara, considered the most important of its kind in Iberoamerica, gathering in the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco one thousand 900 editorial houses from 36 countries.


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