MIAMI (AP) — Cuban Catholic activist Dagoberto Valdes says reconciliation and political change on the island are not mutually exclusive.
Valdes told Cuban-Americans in Miami that both Cuba and the diaspora have entered a new stage ripe for discussion on reconciliation. He added that Cuba's civil society is progressing and there are signs the government is open to having a dialogue.
Valdes made his remarks Friday at a conference organized by the nonpartisan Cuba Study Group's Reconciliation Project. The event focused on how Germany's experience with reunification might provide insight into Cuba.
Representative to Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Günter Nooke, said before there is a reconciliation there must be acknowledgement on the part of those who have wronged that they regret their actions, and that those who are victims are ready to forgive.