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The United States keeps Cuba on the list of sponsors of terrorism

Washington, 1st. Dec.- The United States decided to keep Cuba on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism for another year, as stated in the 2022 report on terrorism in the world published this Thursday by the State Department.

The document, released by the State Department, does not constitute, as it clarifies, “a new announcement regarding such designations,” but rather a type of review that the White House is obliged to notify Congress each year.

In chapter 2 - dedicated to the alleged state sponsors of terrorism - Cuba is kept together with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran and Syria.

Cuba was added to the list in June 2020, which served as the basis for months later, on January 11, 2021, to be designated on another of the arbitrary lists: that of States sponsoring terrorism, one of the last decisions. of the Administration of Republican Donald Trump (2017-2021) before leaving power.

At that time, the US government justified the measure by referring to the presence on the island of members of the Colombian guerrilla of the National Liberation Army (ELN), who traveled to Havana to begin peace negotiations with the Government of Colombia.

However, Cuba has reiterated its transparent and impeccable attitude in the fight against terrorism.

As expressed in a statement from the Foreign Ministry in 2021, this is a totally unfounded accusation used for political purposes, to try to justify the attacks against the Island, including the inhuman economic, commercial and financial blockade.

The statement also rejected at that time the unilateral and selective US practice of singling out countries in arbitrary lists with respect to terrorism, which lacks legitimacy and is contrary to International Law and the Charter of the United Nations.

According to official data, Cuba has been the victim of 713 terrorist acts over the decades, most of them organized, financed and executed under the umbrella of the United States Government itself or by individuals and groups that act with impunity from this territory.

It is estimated that 3,478 people lost their lives and 2,099 were incapacitated due to events of this nature.

The Cuban embassy in Washington has been the target of two terrorist attacks in the last three years (2020 and 2023) and the United States Government has not yet recognized the nature of these acts. (PL, with information from EFE) (Photo: PL)

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