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Cuba says not able to visit Cuban 5 agent in US

Wednesday - 2/27/2013, 2:10pm  ET

HAVANA (AP) -- Havana is complaining that U.S. officials are not granting consular access for a Cuban intelligence agent who walked free from prison in 2011 and is serving a three-year parole.

A Foreign Ministry statement says Cuba has proposed "several alternatives for continuing regular consular visits" but the U.S. State Department has rejected them.

It adds that visits were approved during Rene Gonzalez's 13 years behind bars and the early months of his supervised release, but that stopped in September 2012.

Cuban diplomats in Washington are restricted from leaving the capital without permission, as are U.S. envoys to Havana. Gonzalez is apparently living in Florida.

A U.S. State Department official contacted by AP was not immediately able to comment on his case Wednesday.


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