The U.S. president , Barack Obama, on a visit to Miami to raise money for the Democratic Party, met Friday for the first time with Guillermo Fariñas and the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, both winners of the Sakharov Prize, who asked him not to negotiate with the Cuban government “regardless of exile and the people of the island.”
At a press conference after concluding the meeting with Obama, Fariñas said the president assured him that in his next three years in office that was not going to happen. It is very important that “the world’s largest democracy recognize the Cuban dissidence,” said Fariñas.
The opponent reiterated that the President was waiting, via email, for a series of proposals to change the Cuban reality.
Fariñas said his meeting with the president established that there is a commitment from the United States to recognize the peaceful struggle in Cuba.
The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, for her part, said that in less than ten days she had met with the President and the Vice President of the United States whom she called on for moral and spiritual support for freedom in Cuba.
“We want Cuba have the same freedom that the United States has,” Soler said adding that everything the Cuban government tells the United States “is a big lie.”
The Lady in White reiterated the lack of freedoms in Cuba, but despite this, “I am a free woman,” she said.
Cubanet, 9 November 2013