12/15/2013 09:32 am ET

U.S. Relations With Cuba Still Years Away From Normal, Diplomat Says

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HAVANA – The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barack Obama, a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington told the Communist Party daily Granma.

"Some progress is being made" in achieving a rapprochement, Ramón Sánchez Parodi said in an interview published Friday. "The political times favor the elimination of the (U.S. economic) embargo...(but)'s not going to happen with Obama."

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