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Celebration in Havana, concerns in Miami following change of tide

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:26

Students in the streets of Havana celebrate the announcement by Cuban and American leaders to improve relations, while Cuban-Americans in Miami are cautious. Gavino Garay reports.

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Celebration on the streets of Havana following a diplomatic breakthrough that could pave the way to potentially ending the U.S. Cuba embargo. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED MEN SAYING: "Viva Fidel and Raul, let them live forever, always the great ones like them!" U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Casto made the televised announcement almost simultaneously, with the U.S. to open an Embassy in the island nation. On the Streets of Miami, some Cuban-Americans say the news for the island nation has been a long time coming. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN EXILE, SANTIAGO PORTAL, SAYING: "I want there to be relations between Cuba and the United States because that guarantees that Cuba will finally be free." Others say it puts the U.S. -- and Cuba -- at risk. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN-AMERICAN WOMAN, SONIA FRIAS, SAYING: "I think we don't need to pay that high a price. The U.S. is a big power. It needs to continue functioning like one and tighten its pants. I think Obama's pants are coming loose." Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIAMI MAYOR, TOMAS REGALADO, SAYING: "Cuba is still a terrorist nation by the State Department's standards, but I think the most important thing is that you expect that you get something in return for all things that the United States is trying to do in Cuba but nothing is in return. You would hope that request for democracy or free elections or free political prisoners, Cuban political prisoners not Alan Gross, would have been part of the deal." But it may not all be smooth sailing for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba, as the lifting of a decades old trade embargo would require U.S. Congressional approval.

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Celebration in Havana, concerns in Miami following change of tide

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:26