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Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Missile Crisis Still an Issue Today

Camagüey, Oct 13. - The sovereign right that Cuba had to accept the USSR proposal to station Medium Range Ballistic Missiles in the island nation during the October Missile Crisis of 1962, was ratified in Camagüey by Tomás Diez Acosta, who has a PhD in History.

The scholar added that the decision of the country's foremost political leaders to support the request of the Soviet Union responded to principles of solidarity and internationalism of the Cuban Revolution.

Diez Acosta recalled that Commander Ernesto Che Guevara also played a transcendental role in that decision, which was strongly supported by the all people of Cuba. In those days, over 41,000 Soviet military personnel, who had decided to take their chances along with the islanders, were welcomed as friends.    

The Cuban historian highlighted the heroism and the strong determination of the Cuban people who did not accept the inspection of the island country after the missiles’ withdrawal. He also criticized as an error that the Soviet party did not demand the fulfilment of the Five Points that Cuba’s military and political leadership had established.

The scholar stated that during the October Missile Crisis, the world was on the brink of a nuclear war and the country knew how to defend its dignity and sovereignty “opposing the arrogant performance of the United States and criticizing the stance adopted by the Soviet Union, in the way it unilaterally acted to resolve the conflict.”  

Besides, Diez Acosta made it clear that after 50 years of those events Cuba still demands the fulfilment of those Five Points mentioned on October 28th, 1962 by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro when he responded to the guarantees offered by the President John F. Kennedy:

FIRST: End the economic blockade and all commercial and economic measures implemented by the United States around the world intended to pressure our country.

SECOND: End all subversive activities, the dropping or landing of weapons and explosives by air or sea, the organization of mercenary invasions, the infiltration of spies and saboteurs, and all actions being carried out from U.S. territory and a few accomplice countries.

THIRD: End the pirate attacks being carried out from bases in the United States and Puerto Rico.

FOURTH: End all violations of Cuban airspace and territorial waters by U.S. aircraft and warships.

FIFTH: Remove the Guantánamo Naval Base and return Cuban territory occupied by the United States.

In the 6th anniversary of Pluralidades Space for Debate and Reflection, a group of local intellectuals and academics discussed about the October Missile Crisis: 50 years later. Natural and legal persons were awarded for their systematic participation in this cultural space. (Lázaro David Najarro Pujol / Radio Cadena Agramonte).