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Joy and skepticism in Miami after Castro-Obama meeting

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 01:17

Miami residents react with joy, skepticism after President Obama and Cuba's Castro vow to push ahead on improving relations after decades of hostility. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The historic talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this weekend, drew mixed reactions in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood Saturday night. Some say it's time for change. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PATRON AT CAFE VERSAILLES SAYING: "This has been going on for way too long, and the only people who have suffered and paid for that are the Cuban people." While others say it doesn't make sense. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PATRON AT CAFE VERSAILLES SAYING: "The benefits are for the Castro family and I don't know what Obama wants from that deal." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL PALERMO, SAYING: "Why live in the past, you know?" Paul Palermo lived in Cuba until he was 11. He says his mother was one of the first Cuban refugees. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL PALERMO SAYING: "My mother believes it's not going to help the Cuban people, it's only going to help only American businesses, but I think it's going to trickle down. It's got to." Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen disagrees. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN SAYING: "Unlike other countries where you can say if you have economic engagement it leads to a greater society, in Cuba that will not happen. Everything is state owned and state controlled, so all that money will not help the Cuban people get free." Obama announced the policy change toward Cuba in December, saying decades of hostility had failed to bring about major change on the island.

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Joy and skepticism in Miami after Castro-Obama meeting

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 01:17