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MARYLAND CALLS OFF TRADE MISSION.

Maryland's agriculture secretary canceled a trade mission to Cuba because of concerns over Cuban leader Fidel Castro's recent crackdown on dissidents, reports AP (April 30, 2003). The Pride of Baltimore II, a replica of a Baltimore clipper, was to bring the Maryland delegation to Havana on May 24. But the organization that runs the state-owned ship announced that it also was dropping Cuba from its itinerary. "While we are committed to expanding the market for Maryland's agricultural products, Gov. (Robert) Ehrlich and I share the Bush administration's serious concerns about making this visit to Cuba at this time," said Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley.

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