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18 Cuban dissidents offer new Agenda for the Transition

A group of 18 well known Cuban dissidents Thursday announced in Havana that they had created an "Agenda for the Transition" -- a political platform for the process that "is approaching" and which should take place in an "atmosphere of national reconciliation," according to media reports from the island.

"We are convinced that the process of transition that is approaching in Cuba should take place in an atmosphere of national reconciliation,'' said Martha Beatriz Roque, who with Vladimiro Roca directs the new organization.

Among the other members are Elizardo Sánchez, René Gómez Manzano, Félix Bonne Carcasés, Guillermo Fariñas, Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez) and Francisco Chaviano and Héctor Palacios. Other dissidents, like Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, did not answer an invitation to join the effort.