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What does Sweden's withdrawal of EU-Cuba bill mean?

All EU states will have to ratify the deal for it to be valid. Photo: AP Photo/Desmond Boylan

Published: 17.Jun.2019 14:18 hrs

The Swedish government has withdrawn a proposal that would have ratified a landmark EU-Cuba deal covering trade and political dialogue, a move welcomed by civil rights activists who are critical of the country's one-party system.

The proposal, under the name 'Deal on political dialogue and collaboration between the European Union and its member states, on one side, and the Cuban Republic on the other', was first put to parliament in 2018, but from the beginning has divided Swedish lawmakers.

The position of the EU, and the Swedish government at the time, was that further isolation will not encourage Cuba to improve on human rights, and that a common EU position would instead be the best way to achieve that.

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