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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 15, 2000


The President notified the Congress yesterday that he has decided to continue for an additional six months the suspension of implementation of provisions of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act that allow legal actions to be brought against firms trafficking in confiscated properties in Cuba. This action is taken in the national interest and because it is the best way to secure the Act's objective of promoting a transition to democracy in Cuba.

Over the past six months, the international community's pro-democracy message to the Cuban government has been stronger and clearer than ever. Leaders from around the world have pressed, both publicly and privately, senior Cuban officials on the need for human rights and democratic change. The Administration has committed its strongest efforts to encourage and work with our allies and partners on effective steps to hasten the day when Cuba will join the community of democratic nations.