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    Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro has announced that the Cuban authorities have denied him a visit to Cuba, where he planned to attend an award ceremony.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – "I am aware of my inability to go since my visa application … was denied by the Consulate of Cuba in Washington," Almagro said in a Wednesday letter to Maria Paya Acevedo, daughter of Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya and President of the Latin America Youth Network for Democracy in Cuba.

    The OAS Secretary General was supposed to attend an Oswaldo Paya award ceremony in Havana on Wednesday.

    "My presence at the ceremony of the 22nd of February is no different from other similar events that take place in other countries of the region and in which I have participated," Almagro stressed in his letter.

    Cuba has also denied entry to Mexico’s former president Felipe Calderon, who was also supposed to take part in the Oswaldo Paya award ceremony.

    Oswaldo Paya was the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement that called for multi-party democracy in Cuba. He died in a car crash in 2012.

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