Cuba has nothing to hide
Statement Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On April 30, the US Government presented its annual report Patterns of Global Terrorism. In this document, Cuba is once again included on the list of states that allegedly sponsor terrorism at international level. The Government of Cuba once again energetically rejects the infamous inclusion of our country in this unilateral and spurious list. The Bush administration is once again lying to the US and international public in its desire to justify with false accusations the cruel and inhuman policy of blockade, hostility and aggression in the case of Cuba. With this action, the United States is increasing its own lack of credibility in its campaign against international terrorism by having recourse to political manipulations and flagrant lies against Cuba in its obsession to destroy the Revolution. In an arbitrary form the US Government has included Cuba on the list of countries that allegedly sponsor terrorism in the world, while rejecting through the use of empty, irrational arguments lacking any solid base, Cuba' s proposal to subscribe to a Bilateral Program for Combatting Terrorism, placed before the US Government on November 29, 2001 and reiterated on December 3, 2001, March 12, 2002, and December 17, 2002 at the 19th round of migratory talks between the two countries. Maybe more than any other country in the world, Cuba knows what terrorism means. Since 1959 we have been the victim of the most cruel and merciless terrorism, frequently sponsored, protected, financed and organised by the US Government itself, and which has resulted in the death of thousands of Cuban citizens. The Cuban Revolution's policy in relation to terrorism does not admit any questions or doubts, far less those coming from Washington. Cuba condemns all acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all their forms and manifestations, wherever, by whoever commits them, against whom they are committed and whatever their motivations. At the same time, it condemns any action whose objective is to encourage, support, finance or cover up any terrorist act, method or practice. Cuba was among the first nations to energetically and unhesitatingly condemn the crime of September 11, 2001; it expressed our people's condolences to the US people and our disposition to provide medical and humanitarian aid to the victims, and immediately offered to open its airspace and airports to passenger planes en route to the United States at that difficult moment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba denounces before the people of Cuba and world public opinion the fallacies and lies with which the US Government is attempting to deceive the world and its own people as a way of sustaining its aggressive and hostile policy against our country.