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U.S. asked to delist Cuba from sponsors of terrorism

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The Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity (HCIF-PFS) joins millions around the world to express strong solidarity with Cuba during these times when the United States government is pushing for regime change through continuing economic and commercial blockade, blackmail and baseless media propaganda.

The Biden administration’s designation of Cuba as state sponsor of terrorism can at best be seen here as a despicable and senseless act of cowardice, which must be condemned in the strongest terms by all people of goodwill.

Like other baseless and unfounded allegations raised by the United States government, the claim that Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism goes a long way to clearly expose the bankruptcy of Washington’s meddling mentality in the internal matters of the Caribbean nation, and this should not be allowed to continue. We reiterate our strongest condemnation of this episode of terrorism and external threats, which the US government posed towards Cuba.

Through this statement, we want to remind the US government again that Cuba is an active member of the United Nations and a leading nation in the fight against terrorism wherever the evil is seen given expression. As a free and independent sovereign nation, Cuba owes it as a peaceful, friendly and freedom-loving country to condemn the terrorist acts that are being unleashed on the people of Palestine, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Cuba itself is a victim of terrorism, which started 65 years ago following the triumph of the 1959 revolution with the imposition of an unjust, unmandated, wicked and unwanted blockade; the invasion and occupation of its Island of Guantanamo Bay; the bombing of the Libyan passenger flight 455 in 1976, killing all passengers on board and other coercive policies that threaten the existence of the Cuban people.

Today, the US government is still waging an economic and media war against Cuba and the Cuban people. The former Trump administration and its successor Joe Biden have reversed what their counterpart former President Barack Obama started in 2015, to normalize ties with Cuba, and instead they used the phrase ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’ list to embarrass the Cuban people and by extension to isolate Cuba internationally and justify continuation of the genocidal US blockade.

In May 2023, the Biden administration in Washington officially designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but failed entirely to provide evidence to support its allegations against Cuba.

It has become a ritual amongst US politicians in Washington to impose cruel sanctions against any members-state of the United Nations that is not willing to pawn its sovereignty and territorial integrity to the design and tastes of imperialism. The most cruel and punitive policy has been the current genocidal blockade against Cuba, which has been in place for over six and half decades now. Cuba has a right to its own self-determination, independent national sovereignty and democratic self-rule. Not even the US has the right to deny Cuba and the Cuban people of their inalienable rights and freedom to live their own life peacefully and without any foreign meddling mentality.

It is no more a secret to say here that the Government and people of Cuba will not succumb to blackmail in any form or manifestation, and will not be cowed by US terror machine. The policy of blockade is a discriminatory policy. It is a heinous crime and crime against humanity, used by the US government to destabilize whole nations and whole regions, and should be abolished.

The campaign for ending the United States criminal blockade against Cuba will continue until we prick the conscience of US law makers and politicians. We urge the fifty million and more Americans that stand today against continuation of US blockade against Cuba to maintain those positions and renew their commitment to extend solidarity with the Cuban people.

To the Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity, the US hatred for Cuba is a cause for alarm and this must be resisted. The citizens of the United States know that Cuba is a peaceful and friendly country, and not what the politicians in Washington want the public to believe. So, the Foundation is calling for Africa’s relationship with the Caribbean and Latin America regions to be reinvented to bridge our historic connections. Africa’s relationship with Cuba for instance is dated as far back as during the dirty slave trade, whereby over one and a half million retired African slaves were returned to Cuba, and today these group of Africans are very essential of Cuba’s history and revolutionary transformation.

It comes to say therefore that, the historic relationship between Africa and the Caribbean nation cannot be swept away and this, we have to fight hard for its growth and strength, just as when Cuba helped many countries to free themselves and gained national independence in Africa. The battle for the independence of African countries, such as Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, the list is endless, would not have been achieved within a shorter period had it not been the role of hundreds of thousands of Cuban combatants in the fight for justice and freedom on the continent. Thousands of Cubans paid the supreme sacrifice fighting for the liberation of Africa.

Thus Cuba solidarity with Africa is a moral duty, so also Africa owes Cuba a moral responsibility to fight for an end to US blockade and other hostile behaviours against the Caribbean nation. Africa owes Cuba a historical duty since the end of the cruel slave trade. “From the African land in which they worked and fought voluntarily and selflessly, they only took back to Cuba the remains of their fallen comrades and the honor of having fulfilled their duty,” to borrow the words of Commandant Fidel Castro, when he commented about Cuba’s combatant role in the African liberation frontlines.

Cuba’s solidarity with Africa did not stop at the liberation frontlines, but its continuing in the midst of the wicked US blockade and collective punishment towards the Cuban people. The Foundation appreciates Cuba’s unflinching solidarity with Africa. This solidarity manifests in the form of sharing with the continent whatever little available to help the African people. Cuba has also committed herself to accompany Africa achieve peace, stability and prosperity.

It goes without saying that the US is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The US is the only country with over 800 unwanted and unmandated military occupation bases and spend more on its military than 144 countries combined. The only country that has used nuclear weapons against the people of Japan-Hiroshima and Nagasaki during Second World War in 1945.

The US has launched 251 foreign military interventions since 1991. The post 9/11 wars on terror the US waged in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan killed at least four and half million and displaced over fifty million people. But this is not terrorism because the crime is unleashed by the US government. The term terrorism is dressed today as a political tool used to wage criminal wars against progressive nations, be it by bombs or blockades.

In o
ur view, the US government’s policy of blockade towards Cuba is at variance with the democratic will of the American people. Most American people have consistently opposed the blockade, especially restrictions on trading medicine and food with Cuba.

The Foundation condemns this false designation, which was designed and clinically executed to justify the blockade, terrorism and other coercive anti-Cuban policies championed by Washington. We call on the US to respect the sovereignty of Cuba, and stop meddling in the internal matters of Cuba.

At this point, we, of the Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity (HCIF-PFS) declare that the US should remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, and end blockade of the Caribbean nation.

Get US military out of Guantanamo Bay!
No to the killer US blockade against Cuba!!
Cuba must live!!!
Long live Cuba!!!!


Alimamy Bakarr SANKOH
(Chief) Alimamy Bakarr Sankoh
International Executive Director (IED) and Interim President of the Governing Council of the Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity (HCIF-PFS)

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