Declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Campaign News | Tuesday, 13 May 2003

Cuba has nothing to hide, and nothing to be ashamed of

Declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Cuba has nothing to hide, and nothing to be ashamed of

Declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Cuba has nothing to hide, and nothing to be ashamed of

Last Wednesday, April 30, the Government of the United States released its

annual report entitled "Patterns of Global Terrorism". This year’s report once

again includes Cuba on a list of states that supposedly sponsor international


The government of Cuba strongly rejects, once again, the outrageous inclusion of

our country on this unilateral and spurious list. The Bush administration is

lying yet again to the U.S. and international public, in an effort to justify,

with false accusations, the cruel and inhuman policy of the blockade and the

relentless hostility and aggression against Cuba.

In doing this, the U.S. government loses even more credibility in its campaign

against international terrorism, by resorting to political manipulation and

flagrant lies against Cuba in its obsession to destroy the Revolution.

The U.S. government arbitrarily includes Cuba on the list of countries that

supposedly sponsor terrorism around the world, at the same time that it

continues to reject, through empty, irrational and completely unfounded

arguments, Cuba’s proposal to implement a bilateral program to fight terrorism.

This proposal was first made to the U.S. government on November 29, 2001, and

repeated on December 3, 2001, March 12, 2002, and December 17, 2002, during the

19th round of immigration talks between the two countries.

Petty electoral motivations in Florida, where the terrorist mob that has

organized hundreds of terrorist attacks against Cuba operates with impunity, and

a visceral hatred for the example and alternative that the Cuban Revolution

represents for the countries of the Third World, lead the U.S. government to

deprive its campaign against international terrorism of any possible political

rationality, by including Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba knows, perhaps more than any other country in the world, what terrorism

means. Since 1959, we have been the victims of the most cruel and merciless

terrorism imaginable, very frequently sponsored, protected, funded and organized

by the U.S. government itself, and resulting in the deaths of thousands of Cuban


The Cuban Revolution’s policy with regard to terrorism leaves no room for

questioning or doubts whatsoever, and much less so from Washington.

Cuba condemns all terrorist acts, methods and practices, in all of their forms

and manifestations, wherever they are committed, whoever commits them, whomever

they are committed against, and whatever the reasons behind them may be. It

further condemns any actions aimed at encouraging, supporting, financing or

concealing any terrorist acts, methods or practices.

Cuba was one of the first countries to strongly condemn, without hesitation, the

crimes of September 11, 2001. It expressed our people’s condolences to the

people of the United States, and our willingness to provide medical and

humanitarian assistance to the victims. It immediately offered to open its

airspace and its airports to receive any passenger planes that were in the air

and were headed, at that difficult moment, for the United States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba denounces before the people of Cuba and

international public opinion the fallacies and lies with which the U.S.

government is attempting to deceive the world and its people and thereby defend

its aggressive and hostile policy towards our country.


As part of its policy of global hegemony, the U.S. government has been issuing

its lists of "state sponsors of terrorism" since December of 1979.

It applies a wide variety of sanctions against these states, including economic

sanctions, blockades, the freezing of assets in U.S. banks, political isolation

measures, etc.

There are currently seven countries on the list: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan,

Libya, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Cuba. A mere glance reveals

the obvious political objectives behind the list.

In addition, since 1981, the U.S. State Department has issued a report entitled

"Patterns of Global Terrorism", through which it informs the U.S. Congress about

the international terrorism situation during the previous year, based solely on

its own unilateral opinion, with no legal grounds or international approval


Cuba was added to the list in March of 1982. That same year, the annual State

Department report on "Patterns of Global Terrorism" mentioned Cuba for the first

time. Since then, and for 21 years now, the U.S. government has persisted in its

slanderous and outrageous accusations against Cuba with regard to terrorism.

Throughout all these years, the pretexts used to include Cuba on the list have

varied, but what has remained constant is the clear lack of veracity and

objectivity of these accusations, and the inability of our accusers to back them

up. The U.S. government has never succeeded, and never could, in proving that

Cuba has participated in any terrorist act whatsoever. Their false accusations

have become so thoroughly worn out over the course of time that some U.S.

government officials have even come to admit that the inclusion of Cuba is

simply a political tool against our country.

Since the mid-1990s, their false pretexts have become even more untenable, and

because they have been unable to come up with any new ones, they have been

forced to keep repeating practically the same lies in all their recent reports.

What are the fallacious claims used by the U.S. government to include Cuba on

the list of state sponsors of terrorism?

The presence in Cuba of Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) members.

Cuba’s provision of safe haven and support to members of the National

Liberation Army (ELN) and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The presence in Cuba of U.S. fugitives.

The fact that an Irish Republican Army (IRA) "weapons expert" and longtime

resident of Havana was arrested in Colombia for allegedly training FARC

members in the use of explosives. Cuba’s "opposition" to the U.S.-led "coalition"

prosecuting the war on global terrorism and its criticisms of many associated U.S.

policies and actions. The sending of agents to U.S. missions around the world to

provide false leads

designed to subvert investigations.

On the presence of ETA members in our country

The presence in Cuba of members of the Basque organization ETA originally

resulted from a request from the governments of Spain and Panama, for the

purpose of helping to resolve a situation in the latter country that was

threatening to become extremely complex. Based on this request, an agreement

was reached in 1984 with the Spanish government, led at the time by President

Felipe González, and the government of Panama. In accordance with that

agreement, a group of ETA members traveled to Cuba.

The ETA members residing in Cuba have never used our territory for activities

on the part of that organization against Spain or any other country. Cuba has

scrupulously complied with the spirit of that agreement. The issue of the

presence of ETA members in Cuba is a bilateral matter, subject to discussions

with the government of Spain. The government of the United States has neither

the right nor the authority to interfere in these affairs, which do not

involve it in any way whatsoever, much less affect its national security, or

the security of any other state, for that matter.

On the so-called safe haven and support for members of the FARC and ELN

The organizations that the United States classifies as terrorist groups,

assuming a "right" that does not correspond to it, include the Revolutionary

Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), also


Talks between the government and the guerrillas are currently suspended, but,

as is known, both the Colombian government and these guerrilla forces agreed

at one point on requesting Cuba’s participation in the peace process, and they

continue to maintain this position.

Cuba supports a negotiated political solution to achieve peace in Colombia. We

are part of the Group of Facilitating Countries for dialogue between the FARC

and the Colombian government, together with other countries in the Americas

and Europe, and also part of the Group of Friendly Countries for peace talks

between the ELN and the Colombian government, in this case, together with

France, Spain, Switzerland and Norway.

Numerous rounds of negotiations between the guerrilla movements and the

Colombian government have been held in our country. The Cuban government’s

transparent stance and contributions to the peace process in Colombia have

been widely recognized, not only by the FARC and ELN, but also by the UN and

the Colombian government itself, which has publicly declared it.

The irrationality of this argument is epitomized in the State Department

report itself, which recognizes that "Bogota was aware of the arrangement and

apparently acquiesced; it has publicly indicated that it seeks Cuba’s

continued mediation with ELN agents in Cuba."

On the presence in Cuba of U.S. fugitives

With regard to the supposed presence in Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice,

it should be recalled that it is the government of the United States that has

taken in, throughout all these years, and precisely as part of its policy of

aggression against Cuba, any and all Cuban terrorists or criminals who have

reached U.S. territory, by whatever means.

From the very first moments after the triumph of the Revolution, the United

States took in hundreds of dictator Fulgencio Batista’s henchmen, torturers

and murderers fleeing from revolutionary justice. In the more than four

decades that have since passed, it has maintained the policy of protecting and

sheltering any criminals who arrive in U.S. territory after committing crimes

against Cuba and its people.

Confessed murderers, terrorists, hijackers of boats and planes and criminals

of all kinds have been welcomed by the U.S. government, which has never so

much as attempted to send back any of these individuals sought by Cuban


Two extradition agreements have been signed between Cuba and the United

States, one in 1904 and the other in 1926. It was not Cuba that ceased to

honor these agreements. As early as January 7, 1959, the Ministry of Foreign

Affairs of Cuba sent the U.S. State Department a diplomatic note requesting

the extradition of a number of fugitives from Cuban justice, Batista henchmen

who had fled to the United States.

Since then, scores of diplomatic notes have followed, demanding the return of

individuals who have committed crimes in our country and subsequently traveled

to the United States. There has never been a positive response from the U.S.

government to any of these notes. The United States has never sent back a

single fugitive from Cuban justice.

Recognized terrorists and murderers like Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch,

Gaspar Jiménez Escobedo, Pedro Remón, Guillermo Novo Sampol, Leonel Macías,

Nazario Sargent, Francisco José Hernández Calvo, José Basulto, Rubén Darío

López Castro, Roberto Martín Pérez, Silverio Rodríguez Pérez, Rodolfo Frómeta,

Ramón Leocadio Bonachea, William Chávez and others who would make the list

endless, have freely walked the streets of Miami for years, without anyone

bothering them, with total impunity and privileges.

Cuba was one of the first victims of the terrorist practice of airplane

hijacking. Between 1959 and 2001, a total of 51 Cuban planes were hijacked and

the vast majority were taken to the United States. Many of those planes

remained and continue to remain in the United States, shamelessly stolen by

the Miami mob. A good number of pilots, guards and other individuals have been

murdered or wounded during these hijackings. The U.S. government has never

punished a single one of these hijackers.

On the other hand, between 1968 and 1984, a total of 71 airplanes were

hijacked in the United States and diverted to Cuba. A total of 69 of the

participants in these acts were charged and served sentences in Cuba. The vast

majority of them left the country after completing their sentences.

On September 18, 1980, after warning that it would implement this measure in

the event of any new cases, the Cuban government returned two airplane

hijackers to the United States, turning them over to the U.S. justice system.

In so doing, Cuba successfully eradicated the hijacking of airplanes to Cuban


The recent anti-Cuban manipulation around the hijackings of the DC-3, AN-24

and other Cuban aircraft and boats, of which our people have been amply

informed, clearly demonstrates that the same irresponsibility with which the

U.S. authorities have acted in the past continues to be the pattern guiding

them in the present.

Other individuals have been returned to the United States in more recent

years. As will be recalled, the Foreign Ministry Note of March 17, 2002

reported that on January 12 of that year, U.S. citizen Jesse James Bell,

charged with numerous drug-related offenses in the United States, was turned

over to the U.S. government.

Our country, moreover, has always demonstrated full cooperation in sharing

information with the U.S. authorities. U.S. prosecutors and investigators

involved in cases of drug trafficking, illegal emigration, hijacking, etc.,

have freely entered Cuba, and Cuban officials have testified in numerous

trials in the United States when the U.S. authorities have requested


On the presence in Cuba of an Irish Republican Army (IRA) "weapons expert"

This year’s State Department report recycles, yet again, the lie that first

appeared in the 2001 report. This issue has already been clarified publicly

and in detail.

The supposed IRA "weapons expert", Mr. Niall Conolly, was arrested in August

of 2000 in Bogota, Colombia, where the Colombian authorities initiated legal

proceedings against him that have yet to be concluded.

Niall Conolly lived in Cuba from 1996 to 2000; throughout that period, he was

in our country as a representative of Sinn Fein, a legal Irish political party

with members in the British parliament.

His activities in Cuba were always of a strictly political nature, in the

framework of relations with the Communist Party of Cuba and other political

parties in Latin America.

On Cuba’s so-called "opposition" to the U.S.-led coalition against global

terrorism, criticisms of U.S. policies and actions, Cuba’s supposed attempts

to "subvert" the post-September 11 investigation, and the supplying of "false

leads" on terrorists

This is, without doubt, the most outrageous of the pretexts used by the

government of the United States to include Cuba on the list of so-called state

sponsors of terrorism.

The government of the United States, in making these accusations, strives to

cover up and minimize everything that Cuba has done to fight international


With this fallacious argument, the U.S. government hopes to confuse public

opinion, by disregarding all of the gestures and actions of the Cuban government

since September 11, 2001.

In addition to the declarations made by the Revolution’s leaders regarding the

September 11 attacks, our initial actions, and the steps undertaken

internationally, of which our people are fully aware, it is also important to


On September 21, 2001, the Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) issued Diplomatic

Note 1613, which contained the reply to a request for information made by the

United States Interests Section (USIS) concerning a list of 25 individuals who

might have entered Cuba as tourists and were considered to be terrorists by

the U.S. authorities.

On September 25, 2001, MINREX sent the USIS Diplomatic Note 1621, with

information on nine foreign citizens who were in our country at the time and

about whom they had requested information from us.

On October 26, 2001, MINREX sent the USIS a Diplomatic Note which contained an

offer to sell the United States drugs to combat anthrax, at cost. The offer

was for up to 100 million tablets of Ciprofloxacin.

On October 27, 2001, MINREX sent the USIS, as a donation, 100 tablets of

Ciprofloxacin, which the U.S. diplomatic mission had requested for the

individuals who had handled diplomatic pouches suspected of being contaminated

with anthrax.

On November 12, 2001, MINREX informed the USIS of our country’s willingness to

provide, immediately, one or two high-technology devices developed by the

Cuban Neuroscience Center that could help the U.S. medical authorities

identify anthrax strains. It was further indicated that we were in a position

to manufacture a number of the devices to provide to the U.S. authorities,

with no interest in profiting from them.

We offered the U.S. authorities the information and resources at our disposal.

We offered them responsibly and seriously.

The government of the United States has not even had the political courage to

publicly acknowledge Cuba’s cooperation; on the contrary, it has shamelessly

lied, once again.

Our country has firmly and steadfastly opposed the wars against Afghanistan and

Iraq and the new Nazi-fascist doctrine that the United States is attempting to

impose on the world, and we will continue our opposition. We have more than

enough arguments and principles to back it up.

On September 17, 2002, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western

Hemisphere Affairs, Mr. Dan Fisk, erstwhile aide to former senator Jesse Helms

and one of the authors of the Helms-Burton Act, launched similar accusations

against our country.

On that occasion, Mr. Fisk accused Cuba of subverting his country’s

investigation of the September 11 attacks by supplying false, meaningless and

out-of-date information and using human and electronic resources to obstruct the

United States’ anti-terrorist efforts.

Mr. Fisk’s intent at the time was to use these lies to neutralize the impact

that would result from the so-called "National Summit on Cuba", an initiative

successfully undertaken by numerous organizations in the United States that

oppose the current U.S. policy towards Cuba, particularly the blockade, and

advocate a change in this policy.

That September 17, Mr. Fisk went so far as to say that Cuba had sent "at least

one ‘walk-in’ a month since September 11 purporting to offer information about

pending terrorist attacks against the United States or other Western interests."

As will be recalled, Mr. Fisk’s slanderous claims were immediately and

forcefully rejected by Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Felipe Pérez Roque, who

challenged Mr. Fisk to present a single piece of evidence that would back up his


More than seven months have passed since Mr. Fisk made these statements, and so

far not a single official from the U.S. administration nor a single report

issued by the U.S. government has been able to respond to Cuba’s challenge.

In spite of this, the State Department has decided to resort once again to this

outrageous and fallacious claim as a way of reviving the unsustainable terrorist

file against Cuba. It has decided to do so at a moment of great imperial

euphoria, when the United States has succeeded in occupying Iraq, and when the

representatives of the Miami terrorist mob are demanding that the White House

repay their services by punishing Cuba as harshly and cruelly as possible, while

desperately trying to orchestrate new provocations to lead the way for military

aggression against Cuba.

We call on the U.S. government, once again, to present proof of this purported

sending of agents to U.S. missions around the world to supply false leads aimed

at subverting anti-terrorism investigations.

Cuba has been the victim of terrorism organized, funded and executed from the

United States

It is precisely the government of the United States that has historically backed

the principal terrorist and repressive regimes around the world. The U.S.

government was the main support for the bloody governments of Pinochet, Somoza,

Duvalier, Batista and Stroessner, the military dictatorships in Guatemala, El

Salvador and Argentina, and the apartheid regime in South Africa. Today, the

government of the United States is the principal ally of the genocidal and

terrorist government of Israel, which is massacring the Palestinian people with

full impunity.

On January 1, 1959, Cuba was freed of the terrorists, murderers and torturers of

the Batista dictatorship, who left our country to head for a genuine safe haven:

the United States of America.

Unlike the United States, Cuba is not home to the headquarters of a single

terrorist organization, like the ones that operate with impunity in Miami. In

our country’s banks, there are not and have never been any funds linked to

terrorist activities, although such claims been reported to the United Nations

and the UN Security Council on more than one occasion.

It is the government of the United States that is responsible for the

application of a terrorist and genocidal policy against Cuba, designed to force

the Cuban people into surrender through hunger and disease, destroy our

Revolution, and reassert U.S. neocolonial domination.

Cuba rejects the unilateral definitions of terrorism imposed by the government

of the United States, which completely lacks the moral authority to classify

Cuba, before the world, as a terrorist state.

Presenting itself as the leader in the fight against international terrorism

while protecting, encouraging and supporting the terrorist organizations that

have acted against Cuba for decades is just one example of the hypocrisy and

inconsistency of U.S. policy.

The government of the United States, which accuses Cuba of terrorism, was the

government that supported the bloody Batista dictatorship, which caused more

than 20,000 deaths in Cuba. After the dictatorship’s defeat, the U.S. government

funded, trained and supported the armed bands and terrorist groups responsible

for countless crimes against our population.

The government that is now accusing us of being terrorists is the same one that

has tolerated and even participated in hundreds of assassination plots against

our Commander in Chief and other leaders of the Revolution. It is the government

responsible for the sabotage of the French ship La Coubre, and the fire that

destroyed the department store El Encanto. It organized and backed with its

armed forces the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. It is responsible for numerous

pirate attacks from the air and sea against defenseless Cuban settlements and

civilian facilities. It has supported the burning of sugar cane fields, machine

gun attacks on Cuban territory, attacks against humble Cuban fishermen, and the

murder of members of our National Revolutionary Police and Border Patrol Troops.

The government of the United States shares in the responsibility for the

terrorist acts committed with bombs and explosives against Cuban diplomatic

missions in Portugal, the UN, and in other countries, killing and seriously

wounding Cuban diplomatic officials. It is responsible for the disappearance of

Cuban diplomats in Argentina, and the murder of a Cuban diplomat in the city of

New York itself.

The U.S. government is responsible for the most monstrous and repugnant

terrorist act of all against Cuba: the blowing up in mid-flight of a Cubana

Airlines passenger plane, in which 73 people were killed.

The government of the United States shares in the responsibility for the

terrorist acts perpetrated against Cuban hotels in 1997, which resulted in the

death of an Italian tourist. These acts, as has been widely recognized, were

organized by Cuban-born terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, trained and employed by

the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

It is more than obvious that the U.S. administration is desperate to find any

pretext, no matter how wild their accusations may be, to try to justify to the

U.S. and international public their aggression against our country, their

hostile policy, and the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade.

Since the very moment of the triumph of the Revolution, successive U.S.

administrations have tried to portray Cuba as a threat to the national security

of the United States, thus complying, in addition, with the interests of the

most reactionary sectors of the Miami mob.

In spite of all this, in the last few years, there have been numerous statements

made by Department of Defense officials, as well as by members of the U.S.

military, both in active duty and retired, attesting to the fact that Cuba does

not pose a threat to the national security of the United States. These

statements by U.S. armed forces members and government officials clearly refute

the false accusations made by the U.S. government.

U.S. government support for terrorist acts against Cuba has caused the death of

3478 Cuban citizens and physical injuries to 2099 others, as is amply described

in "The People of Cuba v. The Government of the United States for Human Losses

and Damages," a lawsuit filed on May 31, 1999, to which the U.S. government has

never responded. Cuba reiterates once again its denunciation that the government

of the United States is directly responsible for these atrocities and must

answer for them to the Cuban people.

It is the government of the United States that is implementing a genocidal

policy against the Cuban people, reflected in the inhuman and irrational

blockade it has maintained against our country for more than 40 years.

International terrorism did not suddenly emerge on September 11, 2001. Both

before and after that date, Cuba has sincerely and responsibly cooperated with

the government of the United States. We have done this conscientiously,

convinced of the need to unite all possible forces in fighting this

international scourge, and following our traditional policy in this regard.

If the United States truly wants to demonstrate its commitment to the fight

against terrorism, it now has the opportunity to take firm action, with no

double standards, against the different terrorist organizations that have been

attacking Cuba from U.S. territory throughout all these years.

The government of the United States must set free, without delay, the Heroes of

the Republic of Cuba: René González Sehwerert, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Fernando

González Llort, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Gerardo Hernández Nordelo. These

men are unjustly imprisoned in U.S. jails when their only crime was to defend

the Cuban and American people from the terrorist activities that continue to be

organized from Florida today.

Despite the grossly unfair trial held against our five heroes in Miami, the

struggle they waged against anti-Cuban terrorism based in the United States was

brought to light. They were punished solely and exclusively for having fought

against the terrorist groups that operate freely in Miami, risking their own

lives in the process.

The eminently illegal legal process in the case of our five heroes has

constituted a scandalous endorsement of the anti-Cuban terrorist groups that

operate there.

It is truly disgraceful that while our five heroes are unjustly imprisoned and

subjected to draconian sentences and punishment, with their human rights

brutally violated, the terrorists who have hijacked Cuban boats and planes are

granted easy bail or sometimes even completely set free in the United States.

This proves, once again, that the U.S. government does not punish terrorism when

it is perpetrated against countries that refuse to bow down before its

imperialist policies.

The government of the United States must repeal the murderous Cuban Adjustment

Act, responsible for the deaths of numerous Cuban citizens attempting to reach

U.S. territory, spurred by the privileges granted by this law.

The government of the United States must repeal the Helms-Burton and Torricelli

Acts, terrorist instruments that that violate international law and cause

suffering for the Cuban people.

Cuba can hold its head high and proudly declare that:

It has never participated in a single terrorist act against any country.

We have modern anti-terrorism legislation adopted by the National Assembly of

People’s Power on December 20, 2001.

Cuba has signed and ratified the 12 international conventions on terrorism

adopted in the framework of the United Nations system, responding to the call

from the Secretary-General of this organization.

We have reiterated our willingness to increase legal cooperation with all

countries, without exception, in order to fight this scourge.

We have maintained ongoing cooperation with the Committee on Terrorism of the

United Nations Security Council.

We are a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,

despite the fact that the only nuclear power in the Americas maintains a

policy of hostility towards Cuba that does not exclude the use of force.

We have ratified the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin

America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which our

country signed in 1995.

We will continue to advocate international cooperation, based on respect for the

principles of international law in the framework of the United Nations, and

particularly the UN General Assembly, as the only effective means to prevent and

combat terrorism.

With the inclusion of Cuba on the list of "state sponsors of terrorism", the

government of the United States has demonstrated once again that what motivates

it is not a genuine desire to fight international terrorism, but rather an

irrational thirst for revenge against the Cuban Revolution.

The multilateral fight against terrorism cannot be conceived solely as a means

to serve the national interests and foreign policy objectives of the world power

that currently enjoys unipolar hegemony.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates, clearly and firmly, that the

inclusion of Cuba on the illegal list of state sponsors of terrorism and in the

State Department’s report on "Patterns of Global Terrorism", an action that

creates the ideal conditions for a possible military attack against Cuba, does

not intimidate us in the slightest. If that was the goal of the people in the

Bush Administration, they are wasting their time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba condemns and rejects with all its force

this new attack by the Unite

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