WRC Takes Sides Against U.S. Broadcasts to Cuba

The World Radiocommunication Conference said this week that U.S. transmissions against Cuba are illegal, according to a report by Prensa Latina, a Latin American news agency.
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The World Radiocommunication Conference said this week that U.S. transmissions against Cuba are illegal, according to a report by Prensa Latina, a Latin American news agency.

It reports that the finding caused irritation among U.S. representatives at the forum in Geneva.

“After three weeks of negotiations, the conference of technical experts from several countries rejected this practice,” the agency reported.

It quotes WRC as finding that “radio transmissions from an aircraft only toward the territory of another government, and without its consent contravenes radio communication regulations.” The news organization quoted diplomats calling the move a “firm rejection of measures implemented by the Bush government” in recent years.

The group also complained about U.S. interference with Cuban broadcast services, “despite several requests by the Radiocommunications Office.”

According to Prensa Latina, the U.S. delegation then decided to withdraw from the agreement and “clearly challenging the meeting, (saying) the illegal transmission policy toward Cuba will be maintained.”

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