Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

December 21, 2014 8:02 AM

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Castro's speech to Cuba's National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message President Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans were more likely to encourage changes to Cuba's one-party system and centrally planned economy.

"We must not expect that in order for relations with the United States to improve, Cuba will abandon the ideas that it has struggled for," Castro said.

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