Spain asks Cuba to explain why Euro MP turned away
Spain called on Cuba to explain why it turned away a European MP who Spanish government sources said had flown to the island with his wife on holiday.
Spain called on Cuba on Monday to explain why it turned away a European MP who Spanish government sources said had flown to the island with his wife on holiday.
Cuban authorities denied entry on Sunday to Luis Yanez at Havana's airport after the Socialist member of the European Parliament arrived with his wife, Carmen Hermosin, also an MP, travelling on holiday visas.
"The secretary of state for Iberoamerica, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, has asked Cuba's ambassador in Spain to explain on Tuesday the unjustified refusal into Cuba of the Euro MP," Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Spanish minister for foreign affairs, said in a press release.
Government sources told Reuters that Cuban authorities did not provide a reason why Yanez was refused entry, but it is common for foreign politicians to be denied access without approval.
The sources said the couple had travelled to Cuba on holiday and did not have a political agenda. Both returned to Spain on the next flight out.
Yanez is president for delegations dealing with Latin American trade group Mercosur and is a member of the parliamentary assembly covering European-Latin American relations. Moratinos has said that Spain, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, will try to normalise relations between the bloc and the island during its term.
Reuters Last Mod: 04 Ocak 2010, 22:09