"Today is a sad day for US national security interests and human rights around the world. The Castro regime does not represent the people of Cuba because the people of Cuba can not elect their leaders. Why do I say that? In the presentation today, you heard the foreign minister and others to say on behalf of the Cuban people. Those are words that they can not say because they do not represent the Cuban people. One thing is the regime. Another entity all together is the people of Cuba."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, (R) Florida:
"The Cuban embassy will represent the Cuban intelligence services that are actually the ones who commit the human rights violations against the Cuban people. It's going to serve as a hub of espionage against the United States and against the rights of the Cuban people in the island. It will serve the interests of the military. The generals that illegally smuggle weapons to our enemies and our adversaries. And most directly that so-called embassy will serve the dictators that continue to impoverish, to brutalize, and to oppress the Cuban people."
Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the flag-raising ceremony hours after full diplomatic relations with the United States were restored at the stroke of midnight when an agreement to resume normal ties took effect.
Rodriguez later met with Secretary of State John Kerry, becoming the first Cuban foreign minister to set foot in the State Department since 1958.
In Miami, a Republican delegation from Florida spoke out against the embassy's opening.
"Today is a sad day for US national security interests and human rights around the world," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) Florida. "The Castro regime does not represent the people of Cuba because the people of Cuba can not elect their leaders."