On April 30th, 2020, the Embassy of Cuba in the United States was the target of a terrorist attack. Since then, the US government has kept a complicit silence, without condemning or even rejecting such action. It refrains from acting against terrorist individuals and groups based in US territory who are fueling violence against Cuba and its institutions.
The Cuban diplomatic mission was attacked with an AKM assault rifle, resulting in more than 30 bullet impacts on the premises. The intention of the attacker, in his own words, was to kill Cuban diplomats.
This terrorist act against the Cuban Embassy in the United States is a direct result of the permanent instigation of violence by US politicians, including senior officials from the State Department and the US Embassy in Havana, and from anti-Cuban extremist groups who have made such attacks their livelihood.
The attitude of manifest complicity by the US government entails the peril of being taken as an approval of terrorism. It also violates international norms under the Vienna Convention on responsibilities by the host state in guaranteeing the protection of the premises of diplomatic missions and the safety of diplomatic personnel based in its territory.
The failure to condemn or reject such action as a terrorist attack is consistent with the heightened policy of aggression and instigation to violence against Cuba by the US administration, which has been expanded to countries where Cuban health personnel are working under bilateral cooperation schemes. It is also consistent with the US 60-years-old economic, commercial and financial blockade, which has caused quantifiable damages of over USD 1,098,008,000,000 to the Cuban People and amounts to genocide according with International Law.
It must be remembered that Cuba has been the target of many terrorist actions financed and carried out from US territory by groups and individuals who have enjoyed leniency and protection by the US government, a circumstance that is public knowledge. In the past, Cuba was also the victim of state terrorism perpetrated directly by the government of the United States, which sometimes acted in connivance with organized crime in that country. Due to such actions, 3478 Cubans have died and 2099 have been disabled in one way or another.
Cuba has also expressed its strong rejection of its slanderous inclusion in a US State Department list of countries which are allegedly “not cooperating fully with US efforts against terrorism” that was made public on May 13, 2020 and that was strongly repudiated by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez as a unilateral and arbitrary listing without any base, authority or international support whatsoever.
Cuba’s commitment with decisive actions against terrorism in all forms is enshrined in its Constitution, which is absolute and categorical as to opposing any form and manifestation of terrorism, particularly state terrorism, and that is described in the relevant laws.
Cuba has also shown a traditional willingness for bilateral collaboration with the United States in the fight against terrorism and in joint law enforcement efforts, which have not been reciprocated.
As a country which has been a victim of terrorism, Cuba deplores any form of manipulation and political opportunism when dealing with such a sensitive issue.
The scourge of terrorism cannot be eradicated if double standards, manipulation, political opportunism and selectivity to confront it prevail.