E.U. agrees to open Cuba negotiations

Feb 11, 2014, 12:55 AM EST
Cuban peanut seller Lysset Perez sings in a street of old Havana, on October 17, 2013. Perez sings the famous Cuban song 'El manisero' while voicing her wares. Raul Castro´s economics reforms brought back the hawkers to the streets of Havana.
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The European Union has agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba aimed at restoring full bilateral relations with the Communist-run island. The talks, which could begin as soon as next month, will try to increase trade and investment, and include a dialogue on human rights, officials said. Since 1996, the EU has restricted its ties with Cuba to encourage multi-party democracy and progress on human rights.
Background:
E.U. agrees to launch negotiations with Cuba [BBC]
E.U. eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord [Reuters]

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