"The first talks between the Obama administration and Cuba ended Tuesday with an invitation for U.S. diplomats to visit Havana in December, marking the official beginning of the first dialogue between Havana and Washington in six years. The invitation came as the head of the Cuban delegation characterized the six-hour gathering as a ``fruitful working session.'' ''Progress was made in the identification of areas in which both countries should work and cooperate . . . '' Dagoberto Rodríguez Barrera, Cuba's deputy foreign minister, said in a statement. "
We were told further contacts with the Castro regime were dependent upon Cuba's "progress towards democracy". What happened to that pre condition to better relations?