January 9, 2015
By Suzanne Rumsey
On December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced their commitment to normalize relations and re-establish diplomatic ties between their two countries. The simultaneous announcements came after 18 months of secret negotiations, some of them held here in Canada. While details of what has been agreed to continue to emerge, many Cubans, U.S. citizens and Canadians greeted the historic moment with joy; expressing hope that it will bring the 54-year political and economic isolation of the Caribbean island to an end. An exchange of political prisoners, one U.S. citizen and three Cubans, was the first concrete manifestation of the agreement.
In response to the announcements, the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC), a PWRDF partner, released a statement articulating the hope that the agreement reached will “allow us to rebuild, even within differences, peace and understanding between our two peoples.” And in response to the ECC’s statement, PWRDF Executive Director, Adele Finney affirmed how, “The churches have in so many ways kept the bridges in repair towards self-sustaining communities.”
[documents_link docid=”315″ docname=”Download” link_only=”yes”] the statement from the ECC
[documents_link docid=”314″ docname=”Download” link_only=”yes”] the letter from Adele Finney