Ministry of Foreign
ON July 31, the U.S. State
Department once again included Cuba on its arbitrary,
unilateral list of "countries which sponsor
Yet again, the only reason Cuba is
kept on this list is exposed as an attempt to
justify the U.S. blockade of our country, as well as
the adoption of new measures to limit our financial
and commercial transactions, to strangle the Cuban
economy and impose a regime which responds to U.S.
On this occasion, the U.S.
government attempts to sustain this discredited
exercise with a new, slanderous accusation as to the
supposed failure of Cuba’s banking system to take
measures to confront money laundering and financial
transactions linked to terrorism.
With this tall tale the United
States hopes to conceal the fact that Cuba regularly
provides precise, truthful information to the
appropriate United Nations bodies charged with
addressing these issues and others related to
confronting terrorism. The U.S. blatantly ignores
the Cuban government’s repeated proposals, made
again as recently as February, 2012, to agree upon a
bilateral program to confront terrorism. The U.S.
government has not responded.
The United States does not have any
moral authority whatsoever to judge us. It is widely
known that the U.S. government has used state
terrorism as a weapon in its policy toward Cuba,
causing 3,478 deaths and 2,099 permanent injuries
and has harbored, over time, dozens of terrorists,
some of whom live freely within the country, while
Cuba’s five anti-terrorist fighters remain unjustly
imprisoned or detained. The U.S. is also the
principal center of money laundering on the planet
and the lack of regulation of its financial system
detonated the current global economic crisis.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
forcefully rejects the manipulation of an issue as
sensitive as terrorism for such narrow political
ends against Cuba and demands that the U.S.
government stop lying and put an end to this
shameful practice which offends the Cuban people and
discredits international efforts in the struggle
Havana, August 1, 2012