Cuba in Guyana

Cuba condemns and rejects in the strongest possible terms an anti-Cuban event promoted by the United States at the United Nations headquarter.

New York, 14 October 2018. The U.S. Department of State issued a press release on 12 October, informing of the Government's intention to use the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber of the United Nations to hold an event aimed at launching a Campaign called "Jailed for What?" against Cuba on Tuesday, 16 October 2018.

This action at the ECOSOC Chamber, a Major Organ of the Organization, seeks to tarnish the name of the United Nations in an act against a Member State, in contravention of the purposes and principles of the Charter.

The very nature of the press release distributed by the Department of State clearly shows the objectives pursued with this event, by announcing the start of an insulting and fallacious campaign against Cuba. 

The event constitutes a political farce of the worst taste, staged on false arguments and with supporting actors, some of Cuban origin, who with a dark history at the service of a foreign power, join the escalation of anti-Cuban actions by the current U.S. Administration, engaged in justifying the genocidal policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island. This policy constitutes the main obstacle to Cuba's development and a flagrant violation of the human rights of its people. It would be therefore worthwhile for the United States Government to transform its ignominy campaign into sincere forgiveness and reparation to the Cuban people for the damages caused by the 56 years of the application of the blockade.   

Massacre in the Caribbean Sea

Speech delivered by Hon, Moses Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and First Vice-President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana at Cubana air disaster monument, University of Guyana campus, October 6, 2018



“We have an explosion on board… We have fire abroad”.

Those were among the last words from Captain Wilfredo Perez as he radioed to the control tower at the then Seawell Airport in Barbados.

Those last words were conclusive testimony that Cubana Air Flight CU455 did not go down as the result of an accident. They were an indictment of the terrorists who had planted bombs on board the Cubana passenger aircraft on that fateful and tragic October 6, 1976.   

The aircraft had left Guyana, and was en route to Cuba with stops in Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica. But minutes after take-off from Barbados, it went down in the Caribbean Sea.  All 73 persons on board were killed. There were 57 Cubans, 5 Koreans and 11 Guyanese on board.

The Guyanese were :-

Eric Norton, 18 years old;

Ann Nelson, 18;

Seshnarine Kumar, 18;

Jacqueline Williams, 19; and

Rawle Thomas, 18 – all students on their way to study in Cuba, with relatives Violet Thomas and Rita Thomas.

9 year-old Sabrina Harripaul; Margaret Bradshaw, and Gordon Sobha, an Economist.

Our entire nation would remember the shock and horror of that day. We would continue to collectively share the grief and loss over the calculated mass murder, the massacre, of our Guyanese compatriots, citizens of the Republic of Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

As we collectively mourned our dead, I vividly recall Fidel Castro, then President of Cuba, saying, “when our grief is multiplied, injustice trembles”.

Guyana pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack committed in 1976 against a Cuban aircraft.

Georgetown, October 6, 2018. Presided by the Prime Minister and First Vice President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Mr. Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo and the Ambassador of Cuba, Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, took place a ceremony of remembrance and homage to pay tribute to the 73 victims of the terrorist attack perpetrated on October 6, 1976, against Flight 455 of Cuban airliner. The event was held at the Memorial of the Victims of Terrorism, which is located on the campus of the University of Guyana.

Attending the homage, among other personalities were: Dr. Barton U.A. Scotland, CCHMP,  Speaker of the National Assembly of Guyana, Mr. George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. Nicolette Henry, Minister of Education, Mr. Winston Felix, Minister of Citizenship and Dr. Karen Cummings, Deputy Minister of Public Health.  There were also present, Mr. Halim Khan, president of the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Georgetown, members of the Association of Cuban Residents,  members of the medical and educational brigades of the Cuban cooperation, students and workers of the University of Guyana and officials of the Embassy of Cuba.

The Prime Minister, the Cuban Ambassador, the Honorary Consul of Barbados in Guyana and one of the relatives of the victims, placed a floral tribute before the plaque with the names of the fallen victims of that abhorrent attack.

In his speech the Prime Minister recalled that the criminal sabotage caused the death of 73 people, of them, 57 Cuban citizens, 5 North Koreans and 11 Guyanese and quoted in his own words, the words of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, during the funeral of the victims of the abominable crime, quoting, “When our grief is multiplied, injustice trembles!

Guyana calls for the lifting of the blockade against Cuba

Georgetown, September 28, 2018. During the High Level Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which took place today in New York City, the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Mr. Carl Barrington Greenidge, called for lifting the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States of America against Cuba.

Cuba’s embargo promotes suffering, Guyana’s vote at UN important

Georgetown, September 26, 2018. Guyana should denounce the aberrant blockade policy imposed by the U.S. on Cuba in front of the UN since the island has been severely affected for the past 55 years, according to President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM), HalIm Khan.

Khan said that the problem with the use of trade sanctions is that the innocent get hurt particularly so when one economically powerful nation acts against another and regulations are written to hurt its citizens, this is the reality of Cuba’s Embargo.