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United States reduces to one year stay of its diplomats in Cuba

Havana, Aug 16. - The Department of State reduced to barely one year duration of the Mission of its diplomats in Cuba, an atypical lapse that applies only to positions in war or very dangerous.

The measure, according to information obtained by the political site, is related to the alleged incidents of health of American diplomatic personnel in Havana.

However, a year and a half of research, both Cuban and American, have not yielded a single evidence to demonstrate the alleged facts and much less to point to a Cuban participation.

The change of length of stay, which was 24 months, equated to Cuba with Nations as violent as Iraq, Afghanistan, and southern Sudan, while the largest of the Antilles is one of the safest countries in the region to their nationals and to the more than four million s of foreign visitors who receives each year.

The measure is the latest in a series of unilateral actions that affect the normal functioning of the links.

United States retired in September of last year the majority of the staff of its Embassy in Havana and remains paralyzed since consular services to Cubans, which affects thousands of families in one and another side of the Florida Strait.

Likewise, the Cuban capital is declared by the State Department as a post unaccompanied, which prevents the family of diplomats to stay with them during the mission.

Cable obtained by politician assures that Havana is a place where "experienced extraordinary circumstances", but does not specify what circumstances referred to.

The release of the State Department again used the word "attack" to refer to incidents that allegedly took place in Cuba, but of which there is no concrete evidence.

The director-general of the United States of the Ministry of foreign relations of Cuba, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, recently denounced the use of that term.

"Lies who attack the term used to refer to the symptoms reported by diplomats from the United States. Does so deliberately, with a well-defined political agenda and a load of opportunism", said Cossio on the social network Twitter.

"The Department of State cannot hide the political manipulation of ailments reported by its officials", said Cossio stressing that the "supposed concern for the health and safety of its diplomats used with political opportunism".

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The new action against Cuba Washington comes few hours after a prestigious American publication broadcast letters of 10 scientists who question a study according to which American diplomats in Cuba suffered mysterious injuries brain.

In letters submitted to the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, for its acronym in English), experts said that the authors of a report published in February in the same medium did not include the hysteria as one of possible causes symptoms reported by officials.

Such massive psychological "outbreaks" usually occur in high-stress environments, and all those involved begin to exhibit similar real physical symptoms, expressed the authors of letters, cited by the digital portal Buzz Feed.

Americans Robert Bartholomew, medical sociologist who works in Botany Downs Secondary College of New Zealand, and Robert Shura, Neuropsychologist of the Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina veterans, were among those who considered that there was a misinterpretation of the results of the tests.

According to them and other experts, College team overlooked common disorders that could have fallen ill workers, or ruled out psychological explanations of their symptoms. (Cubadebate) (Photo: File)