Helms-Burton Act

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Helms-Burton Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1996, that strengthened the existing trade embargo on Cuba. The U.S. had prohibited most trade with Cuba since 1960. The Act extended this prohibition to companies doing business with Cuba and to companies that use property Cuba had nationalized from American companies. The Act was quite controversial internationally.
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* "Strictly adhere" to the 1996 Helms Burton Act, including Title III, "to place maximum pressure on the Cuban regime." Title III of the act allows Americans to sue people or companies who use Cuban property seized after Castro's 1959 revolution.
Implementation of Helms Burton's Title III would be "very upsetting to the Europeans," Hernandez said, and not likely to happen.