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.