STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN ON CUBAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Senator John McCain today released the following statement:

"Today, in marking the anniversary of Cuban independence, we celebrate a rich cultural heritage and deep-rooted tradition of hard work.

"Little did those inspired freedom fighters who secured Cuba's independence know that over 100 years later, their posterity would be engaged in a struggle to bring freedom and democracy to their homeland.

"One day, America will again have warm relations with a Cuban government that represents the sovereign will of the Cuban people as expressed in free and fair elections. Sitting just 90 miles from our shore, Cuba is destined to become an important ally in advancing democracy in our hemisphere.

"Though many of today's Cuban Americans live and work here in the United States, their hearts remain in Havana. Today's celebration allows us to take a moment to pray that they will soon be able to go home and see the land that their forefathers fought to free."

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ARLINGTON, VA - Hoy el Senador John McCain emitio la siguiente declaracion:

"Hoy al marcar el aniversario de la Independencia de Cuba, celebramos una rica herencia cultural y una tradicion de trabajar con ardor.

"Los patriotas que fueron inspirados para asegurar la independencia de Cuba en aquel entonces, no sabian que mas de cien anos despues, sus descendientes estarian envueltos en una lucha para otra vez liberar y democratizar a la patria.

"Un dia, Estados Unidos de nuevo tendra relaciones calidas con un gobierno cubano que represente la voluntad soberana del pueblo de Cuba expresada por medio de elecciones libres y justas. A solo 90 millas de nuestras costas, el destino de Cuba es de ser un importante aliado en el avance de la democracia en nuestro hemisferio.

"Aunque muchos cubanos-americanos hoy viven y trabajan en Estados Unidos, sus corazones permanecen en La Habana. La celebracion de este dia nos permite tomar un momento para rezar que ellos pronto puedan volver a ver la patria que sus antepasados lucharon para liberar."