The Miami Herald quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Peter Schechter on questions of lifting the Cuban embargo as negotiations progress on renewing diplomatic relations with Cuba:
Lifting the embargo “will be the new elephant in the room in future talks,” said Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center at the Atlantic Council.
The United States and Cuba are currently negotiating to renew diplomatic ties and open embassies. So far there have been three rounds of talks.
“Cuomo’s trip illustrates not only the eagerness but also the frustration that U.S. governors feel — the 1996 Helms-Burton Act handicaps their states’ trade opportunities.” he said.