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Cuban government unhappy with Obama

Dec. 31, 2009 at 7:39 PM   |   Comments

HAVANA, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's honeymoon period with the Cuban government appears to be over, with Cuban leaders denouncing him as another U.S. imperialist.

Ricardo Alarcon, president of the National Assembly, called the Obama administration's loosening of travel regulations "minor changes," The New York Times reported. President Raul Castro, in a recent speech, accused Obama of "undercover subversion" aimed at toppling his government.

"If the American government really wants to advance relations with Cuba, I recommend they leave behind the conditions of internal governance that they are trying to impose on us and that only Cubans can decide," Raul Castro told the assembly.

Obama has ended most of the new restrictions imposed by President George W. Bush on travel to Cuba, rules that angered many Cuban-Americans with relatives in the island nation. But he has continued to denounce the government on human rights.

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