10/01/13 - Havana Times - Jesse Jackson Leaves Cuba, Didn't See Alan Gross
Jesse Jackson. Photo: www.tvcamaguey.icrt.cu
HAVANA TIMES Jesse Jackson completed his four-day visit to Cuba on
Monday. While he did meet with representatives of the FARC guerrillas in
Havana for peace talks with the Colombian government, he was unable to see
US agent Alan Gross, who is in his fourth year of a 15-year sentence
for endangering Cuban national security.
I certainly inquired about him. No American can come here in good
conscience and not ask about him, Jackson said. I would hope we would
maintain our vigil in trying to gain his release, AP quoted the reverend
Jackson did meet with the FARC emissaries who asked that he be involved in
the handing over of former US soldier Kevin Scott Sutay, taken prisoner in
the Colombian jungle.
However, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that only the Red
Cross would be allowed to obtain Sutays release, saying there would be
no media spectacle referring to the involvement of Jackson.
Jackson told AP he still plans to travel to Colombia in the next days and
try to work out an agreement to get Sutay out.
The American is free, but he cannot be retrieved, so he indeed is not
free, Jackson said. Hes no longer being held by FARC. Hes being held
by a lack of access.
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