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January 8, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

WHITE HOUSE MEASURES SAID GEARED TOWARDS PREVENTING NEW RAFTER CRISIS By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The measures taken by President Clinton this week to soften some aspects of U.S. policy towards the island were taken to "prevent a possible rafter crisis," according to officials in the U.S. Interest Section in Havana. They asked to remain anonymous.

"These measures are not, however," said one source, "precedents to lift the embargo, because that would only depend on the political changes which must be undertaken by the Cuban government."

The source also said the U.S. government believes it can count upon support for these measures by the European Union, which to a greater or lesser degree would understand that its position versus Cuba is different from that of other countries in Europe.

If the Cuban government would attempt to reject these measures, Washington is prepared to implement them regardless of whether the government in Havana intervenes directly, the source added.

U.S. officials stated that, unless favorable changes were to take place in Cubans' lives in the short term, a new crisis could develop.

By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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