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The region's leaders and government officials meeting in Honduras made history today, voting to lift the 47-year suspension of Cuba’s membership in the Organization of American States (OAS). The move came despite a push by the U.S. to only admit Cuba on condition it introduces democratic reforms and improves respect for human rights.
Representing the Obama administration during this week’s Honduras powwow, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had already left the meeting before the final vote, AP reports, with news headlines following last night that she said the group had not reached an accord on Cuba.
Despite this sudden reversal, it was not immediately apparent if the vote was a snub of the U.S.
Though never cited on OAS agendas, Cuba has managed a penetrating, pink-elephant presence both in the organization's recent meeting in Trinidad and now in Honduras.
Watch the meeting live in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish via the OAS webcast.