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Cuban Prisoner Release Announcement


Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 24, 2011

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We have seen reports that the Council of State of Cuba has announced the release of 2,900 prisoners and Alan Gross is not among them. If this is correct, we are deeply disappointed and deplore the fact that the Cuban government has decided not to take this opportunity to extend this humanitarian release to Mr. Gross this holiday season, especially in light of his deteriorating health, and to put an end to the Gross family's long plight. We continue to call on the Cuban authorities to release Alan Gross and return him to his family, where he belongs.



PRN: 2011/2189

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