Monday, January 10, 2005
A European Union commission spokeswoman has called Cuba's move to re-establish contacts with eight EU countries "a step in the right direction".
The move signalled a thaw in the "cocktail wars" which have thwarted Cuba-EU ties since June 2003.
The dispute boiled over when eight European embassies began inviting Cuban dissidents to parties in protest at Cuba's human rights record.
A prominent dissident said the European gesture had served its purpose