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Cuba, EU approve road map on normalization talks

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Photo - European Commission Director for the Americas Christian Leffler, center, speaks during a press conference  in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Cuba and the European Union have agreed to continue the negotiations to normalize relations between the island nation and the European Union. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
European Commission Director for the Americas Christian Leffler, center, speaks during a press conference in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Cuba and the European Union have agreed to continue the negotiations to normalize relations between the island nation and the European Union. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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HAVANA (AP) — Cuba and the European Union have closed a first round of talks on normalizing relations troubled since the 1990s after agreeing to a road map for further discussions.

EU official Christian Leffler says they have established "the general structure" for future talks and "the principal elements to be included."

Leffler says talks have not yet touched on the EU's so-called "Common Position" of 1996, which has driven policy toward the island and bars full cooperation between Europe and Havana.

EU officials say concerns about civil liberties and democratic participation will continue to influence policy.

Cuba says it is open to talking about any issue.

Leffler spoke Wednesday at the EU Embassy in Havana. He said talks will resume at an unspecified date.

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