New York, 7 October 2020. Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations participated today at the debate of Agenda Item 114 “Measures to eliminate international terrorism” of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations, where she recalled the many occasions on which the Caribbean island has been a victim of terrorist actions, carried out by individuals settled in the United States.
The Cuban official referred to the attack perpetrated by Alexander Alazo against the Cuban Embassy in Washington last April, who endangered the lives and safety of the staff of that diplomatic Mission and acknowledged in a public hearing that he had the intention to kill.
The Cuban diplomat highlighted that this attack is the direct result of the aggressive policy and hate speech by the US government against Cuba, and the permanent incitement to violence by its politicians, including senior officials of the Department of State and the US Embassy in Havana; as well as by anti-Cuban extremist groups that have made these actions their means of living.
Rodríguez Abascal explained that by refusing to characterize this serious attack as terrorist, the US government disregards the implementation of international instruments such as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, listed as one of the UN system conventions on terrorism and of which both countries are Party.
The groups and individuals who have committed terrorist actions in the past have operated with impunity on US soil for years, of which the US law enforcement agencies are fully aware. An example of this is the case of the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who died a free man, despite having confessed to be the mastermind of the Cubana de Aviación aircraft mid-air explosion, which resulted in the death of 73 persons, denounced the representative of the Caribbean island.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations