- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (AP) - The head of the Organization of American States says he will ask that Cuba be readmitted to the organization 47 years after the communist island nation was ousted.

OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza says he will request at a meeting of May of the hemispheric organization’s general assembly that it annul the 1962 resolution that suspended Cuba.

The resolution called Cuba’s communist system incompatible with the 35-nation organization’s principles and coincided with the imposition of a U.S. trade embargo.

Insulza’s announcement on Friday comes a day after Cuban leader Raul Castro says he is prepared to discuss any and all topics _ from freedom of the press to freeing political prisoners _ with Washington.

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