Statement by the Press Secretary: Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (7/18/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2000


     On July 14, the President notified the Congress that he has decided to
suspend for an additional six months implementation of provisions of Title
III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act that allow legal
actions to be brought against firms trafficking in confiscated properties
in Cuba.  This action is taken in the national interest and because it is
the best way to secure the Act?s objective of a transition to democracy in

     During the past six months, the message to the Cuban Government from
the international community has been more emphatic than ever.  Both
publicly and privately, key leaders pressed senior Cuban officials on the
need for improved respect for human rights and increased democratic
opening.  The Administration devoted its full efforts to encourage and work
with our allies and partners on effective steps to promote democracy and
human rights in Cuba, in order to hasten the day when Cuba will join the
community of democratic nations.

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