Embassy of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
January 7, 2010
On Monday January 4, press reports indicated that as from that day, the US Transport Security Administration was applying additional security measures, at every airport in the world, to any passenger carrying a passport from the countries the State Department has listed as “sponsors of international terrorism.” Among the countries unfairly and arbitrarily included in that list are
It has been reported that the decision to impose these new measures was adopted after an attempted terrorist action against an American Northwest Airlines aircraft aimed for
According to statements from unidentified American officials ran by the press, the passengers that qualify in these categories will be subjected to body search and their hand luggage will be thoroughly checked using sophisticated explosive-detection techniques or imaging scanners.
In the evening of January 5, after a meeting with members of his National Security staff, President Barack Obama confirmed the adoption of the abovementioned regulations, in effect since the previous day, affecting “passengers traveling to the
That same evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and its Interests Section in
In the Note, the MINREX categorically rebuffs this new hostile action by the
The Note contests the elaboration of such lists and underlines facts that prove
That same day, in response to an AFP question on the MINREX Note of protest, a State Department spokesman said that “
Following the public announcement of this new measure, columnists of major US newspapers like the Washington Post have referred to Cuba’s designation as a “terrorist State” as something “ridiculous” and “unwarranted,” and have recalled that our country poses no threat to the security of the United States, adding that looking for terrorists in flights coming from Cuba “is a waste of time.”
Again on January 5, 2010, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley stated that
As one more element of its policy of hostility and its propaganda campaigns aimed at discrediting the Revolution, in 1982, long before the attacks on the
The insertion of
Every year, the
On April 30, 2009, Obama’s administration ratified the absurd inclusion of Cuba in that list while insisting that “the Cuban government continues to provide save haven to various terrorists,” that “members of ETA, the FARC and the ELN have remained in Cuba during
The presence of various exiled members of the Basque organization ETA was not initiated by
The members of ETA living in
As to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) of
The transparent position of the Cuban government and its contribution to the peace process has been publicly recognized not only by the FARC and the ELN but also by the United Nations and the Colombian government.
As to the presence in
Also living in
In contrast, since the triumph of the Revolution the
Those same State Department reports that designate
Cuba refuses to accept the illegitimate mechanism used by the US administration to take upon itself the right of certifying the behavior of other nations with respect to terrorism and to issue politically motivated, discriminatory and selective lists while assuming a double-standard position and failing to take to trial the confessed culprits of horrible terrorist actions against Cuba who are instead allowed to go free.
An example of this is provided by our Five Heroes -- Gerardo, Fernando, Ramón, Antonio and René—who are serving arbitrary and unfair sentences in American prisons for protecting Cuba, --3478 of whose citizens were killed and 2099 maimed by terrorist actions-- and also for defending the integrity of citizens from the United States and other countries.
- The Cuban territory has never been used nor will it ever be used to arrange, finance or implement terrorist actions against any other country, including the
- Cuba does not have, nor does it intend to have, any kind of weapon of mass destruction and it abides by its obligations stemming from the international instruments it has signed related to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
- The National Assembly of People’s Power of the
- In this spirit,
- On various occasions, the Cuban authorities have let the
- Likewise, the Cuban authorities have provided the
- It should not be forgotten that
The government of
The government of Cuba also demands the immediate removal of Cuba from the list of “States sponsors of international terrorism,” since it is an unfair, arbitrary and politically motivated designation that contradicts the exemplary conduct of our country in the struggle against terrorism and calls into question the seriousness of the United States in the fight against that scourge.
Similarly, it urges the US administration to act firmly and without double standards, --as an expression of its commitment to the antiterrorist struggle-- against those that have carried out terrorist actions on Cuba from the US territory; and to free the Five Heroes who are Cuban antiterrorists unjustly incarcerated in that country.
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