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8/14/15

CUBA: Kerry oversees raising of US flag at embassy in Havana

Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for "genuine democracy" in Cuba as the American flag was raised over a US embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years. Three marines who lowered the flag at the US embassy in Havana when the United States and Cuba broke off diplomatic relations 54 years ago were back to see the Stars and Stripes raised once again.

Kerry, the first secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, said the shift in US policy did not mean Washington would stop pressing for change on the communist island.

"The leaders in Havana and the Cuban people should also know that the United States will always remain a champion of democratic principles and reforms," he said, in a speech delivered partly in Spanish.

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