In a statement (pdf), Genser has also called for an independent doctor to examine Gross. He also questions Cuba’s just-reiterated willingness to discuss ways to get Gross released, saying that “Cuban government officials have been unwilling to put a concrete proposal on the table.” Of course, there is no “table” because there are no talks. (See State Department views in this AP story.)
Meanwhile, Judy Gross, wife of Alan Gross, gave an interview to our friend Mauricio (audio here) on his radio program where she evinces a more normal understanding of how negotiations work: first the two sides meet, then they decide if there is a basis for making proposals and counterproposals.
“I desperately need the U.S. government to do more,” she says, noting that “the U.S. government sent Alan on this project to Cuba” and citing U.S. officials’ “moral obligation to try as hard as they can.” “If they don’t press for Alan’s freedom and sit down and talk with President Castro he’s not going to come home,” she says, noting that talks should be tried regardless of anyone’s doubts about Cuban intentions. “We need to try as much as we can to sit down and negotiate.”