US envoy to UN meets with Cuban dissident’s daughter, presses for investigation into his death
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power says she met with the daughter of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and discussed the need for an investigation into his death.
Power has been advocating for an investigation into Paya’s death since taking up her post as ambassador to the United Nations in August. One of her first acts as ambassador was to ask Cuba’s foreign minister during a rare encounter at the U.N. for an investigation.
Power said in a tweet Tuesday that she spoke with Rosa Maria Paya about “the need for an international/independent investigation” into her father’s death.
Cuba’s government said Paya died in a car crash in July 2012 but his family insists the crash was not an accident and has pressed for an international investigation.
Spoke w/@RosaMariaPaya about her father's dream of a democratic Cuba & the need for an international/independent investigation of his death.
— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) October 22, 2013
Today @AmbassadorPower met with @RosaMariaPaya, daughter of Oswaldo Paya. pic.twitter.com/azJZRBi8Zf
— Erin Pelton (@erin_pelton) October 22, 2013