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PriceSmart, Cuba dispute resolved

Tuesday, June 17, 2014    

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CUBAN diplomats are now free to shop at the PriceSmart wholesale club.

Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in a statement yesterday, said it was advised that the issue of the PriceSmart membership by the Cuban Embassy has been resolved.

Said the statement: "The ministry understands that PriceSmart has formally advised the Cuban Embassy that it has been authorised to sell consumer merchandise to Cuban diplomats and consular officers, as well as their dependents who are staying at Cuban Embassies and Consular Missions outside Cuba."

The Cubans, the statement said, have welcomed the decision and thanked the foreign ministry and the Government and people of Jamaica "for the solidarity displayed and efforts made".

"I welcome this new development and look forward to sharing the news with my Caricom (Caribbean Community) colleagues who had agreed with Jamaica that the matter might be examined by the Caricom Legal Affairs Committee," the statement quoted Foreign Minister A J Nicholson.

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