INTRODUCTION: Relations between Cuba and Portugal have soured over charges by Cuba that a Portuguese diplomat in Havana had links with the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
CU INTERIOR PAN Departures board at Lisbon airport
GV Cuban Ambassador Estevez Perez at ticket desk
CU Perez moving from desk, wife walks after him
SCU Eastern block diplomats and Perez
SCU Perez and Angolan envoy Adriano Sebastiao
SCU Soviet ambassador Arnold Kalanin, Perez and others
SV Madame Perez embracing another woman
GV Perez and Kalanin
GV Perez saying goodbyes to numerous people and passing though doors to departure lounge ZOOM IN TO flight sign "Havana"
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Relations between Cuba and Portugal have soured over charges by Cuba that a Portuguese diplomat in Havana had links with the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Cuba claims the Portuguese charge d'affaires helped plan the take-over last month (February 28) of the Ecuadorean Embassy in Havana. Portugal has recalled the diplomat and expelled the Cuban ambassador in Lisbon.
SYNOPSIS: As soon as the charge d'affaires, Francisco de Sales Mascarenhas, was back in Lisbon Portugal told the Cuban Ambassador, Manuel Estevez Perez, he was persona non grata. The Ambassador had 48 hours to leave. Portugal said it had recalled the charged d'affaires for his own safety, not as an admission of guilt. Cuba, in reply, called the Portuguese response unjustified.
Diplomats from the Eastern bloc were at Lisbon airport to farewell the Ambassador. Several days earlier (16 March) Cuba had made its allegations to members of the diplomatic corps and foreign journalists in Havana.
At a meeting of the heads of all foreign missions in Havana Cuba accused Mr. Mascarenhas of having close ties with an agent from the Central Intelligence Agency. Cuba said the agent had helped disaffected Cubans to take over the Ecuadorean Embassy in Havana last month.
Since the break between the two countries Cuban television has produced three people it claims were involved in the attack on the Embassy whom it says named Mr. Mascarenhas as having helped plan the attack.
With the recall to Lisbon of its charge d'affaires Portugal now has no diplomats left in Havana. Observers say relations between the two countries have been strained since Cuban defectors have been using flights to Lisbon as an escape route.