U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro held talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday (September 29). In his speech to the assembly a day earlier, Castro said Cuba and the United States can normalize ties only after Washington ends its trade embargo and returns the American naval base at Guantanamo to Cuban control. He added that Cuban must be "compensated" for the decades-old U.S. embargo if relations between the former Cold War enemies are to continue to improve. Castro and Obama stunned the world last December by announcing détente after more than decades of animosity. On July 20, the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after a break of 54 years. In his speech, Obama said that while United States still has differences with the Cuban government over human rights and other issues, he was confident that with increased diplomatic, commercial and other contacts "our Congress will inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore." At a brief photocall in a U.N. conference room, Obama and Castro exchanged pleasantries and chuckled about the height difference between the two men.