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Cuba Says U.S. Manipulates Antiterrorist Fight

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

The Cuban Foreign Ministry accused the United States of political manipulation regarding such a sensitive issue as the antiterrorist fight.

In a declaration issued here on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry rejected the “U.S. spurious list of sponsors of international terrorism” published in Washington, and pointed out that its “only aim is to discredit our country and continue justifying the cruel and condemned blockade policy.”

The list, made by the U.S. Department of State, has included Cuba for the thirtieth time.

The declaration says, “Cuba demands that the U.S. government punish the real terrorists who reside on U.S. territory today, release the Five Heroes and end the policy of blockade and hostility against our country.”

The Cuban Foreign Ministry mentioned ongoing actions by the United States, which has historically promoted terrorism, extrajudicial executions, kidnappings, assassinations, secret prisons and occupation wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other condemned acts.

The United States “has neither morale nor right to judge Cuba, which has an impeccable record in the fight against terrorism and has been, in addition, a systematic victim of that scourge,” said the declaration. “At the same time, as irrefutable evidence of its double standard, the U.S. government unjustly holds our five antiterrorist fighters -Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez- in prison, for preserving the lives of Cuban and U.S. citizens and from other countries,” stressed the statement.

By Prensa Latina