Ambassador from Cuba in Row.
Sun May 2, 2004 09:25 PM ET
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico withdrew its ambassador from Cuba on
Sunday as relations between the former allies fell to an all-time low
over Mexico's support for a U.N. rebuke of Cuba's human rights record.
"The president of the republic has decided to withdraw our ambassador in
Havana and ask the Cuban government to pull its ambassador in Mexico out
immediately," Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez told a news
Derbez said harsh criticism of Mexico by Cuban President Fidel Castro in
a May Day speech had contributed to the break down in relations.
Interior Minister Santiago Creel also said two Cuban government
officials in Mexico had been found "carrying out activities incompatible
with their status," a term often used by governments to denote spying.
Creel gave few other details about the Cubans.
Mexico angered Cuba last month by voting against it at a U.N. human
rights body in Geneva.