OTTAWA - It's time for Cuba to rejoin the inter-American family says Canada's minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Peter Kent says he will support a resolution put forward by the United States to talk to Cuba about re-entering the Organization of American States for the first time since 1962.

There is one significant obstacle: Cuba's foreign minister recently declared the communist country doesn't want to be part of the OAS club.

The OAS general assembly begins early next week in Honduras, with the vast majority of the 34 nations supporting the lifting of Cuba's suspension.

Kent noted that it's ultimately up to Cuba if it wants to rejoin the family.

The organization has a democratic charter that stipulates countries must respect human rights and have open elections, and Cuba would have to meet those criteria.

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