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Obama would like to keep the focus on trade and democracy. But Latin American leaders want to slam Washington's drug war and its Cuba embargo.
Cuba, which was kicked out of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, is the only country in the hemisphere that wasn’t invited to the OAS gathering, which will convene 33 heads of state Saturday and Sunday.
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Several key leaders in Latin America — including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff — say that the Colombia gathering should be the last in which Cuba is left out.
The US insists Cuba can’t attend because it’s not a member of the OAS and would have to make major reforms to its one-party socialist state before it would be eligible to join.