Cuban delegate reports 'civilized' talks with US on human rights; differences remain

A Cuban delegate to talks with the United States says the two sides have held "a respectful, professional, civilized conversation" on human rights in Washington.

Nevertheless, Anaysansi Rodriguez Camejo told Cuban state television that Tuesday's talks "ratified that there are differences."

She's Cuba's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva and a member of the delegation holding a series of talks with the U.S. on restoring diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.

Neither side gave details of Tuesday's session.

The U.S. was expected to press Cuba to allow its citizens greater freedom of speech, assembly and political activity. Cuba has often criticized poverty, insufficient health-care coverage and excessive police force in the United States.