Statements to the press by the director general of the United States of MINREX, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, on the decision of the United States government to include Cuba on the list of states sponsors of terrorism.
As explained yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned in firm and absolute terms the qualification of Cuba as a country sponsor of terrorism by the United States government and the inclusion of our country in a list of the State Department.
The reasons are various. In the first place, Cuba is not a sponsor of terrorism. That is known to the President of the United States. That is known to the Secretary of State, who deliberately lied yesterday when making the qualification. That is known to the officials of the State Department and the officials in the United States who are in charge of law enforcement and enforcement know it.
Another reason is that Cuba does not recognize authority in the country rating lists issued by the State Department. These are lists, such as that of the States that supposedly sponsor terrorism, that are totally unilateral, lacking international recognition or recognition by any international authority, that exist and were designed to defame against countries that the United States has disagreements with, with that it has discrepancies, and to apply measures of economic coercion against those countries. It is used as a pretext to punish countries, as is the case of Cuba, that coercive economic measures are applied to punish the Cuban people and to punish our nation.
And an additional reason is that Cuba is a victim of terrorism, of terrorism that has been organized, financed and perpetrated by the government of the United States or by individuals and organizations that reside in the territory of the United States, or that operate from territory. of the United States with the tolerance of the authorities of that country.
I could say that an additional reason is the political opportunism of those officials or of those who feel in political debt on the occasion of the recent elections in the United States, or those who are advancing favors for the year 2024 and believe that for a minority group with extreme positions against Cuba is attractive to be applying measures against our country at the last minute.
I must add that this measure has been rejected at the international level, it has had of course the rejection of the Cuban people, the rejection of many sectors within the United States, including prominent members of Congress, both the House and the Senate, including religious organizations in the United States and also some international organizations.
There is an additional reason, which is important to consider here. This measure is taken, by an outgoing government, with the obvious objective for the whole world of trying to impose obstacles to any future recomposition of relations between Cuba and the United States. It is a deliberate purpose and that is detected from the moment this qualification was pronounced against our country.
We insist that it is a calumny, an insult against Cuba and that the Secretary of State deliberately lies when describing Cuba as a country sponsor of terrorism.
January 12, 2021.