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Cuba: Haiti needs real assistance and not external interference

Havana, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba considers that Haiti needs real assistance and cooperation for its reconstruction and progress, without external interference that has been the cause of its problems.

This can be read in a statement issued by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), published on its website, which reaffirms the Cuban solidarity with the Haitian people.

The text specifies that Cuba maintains contacts with regional actors about the situation in Haiti, to whom it has reassured that the people of that Caribbean nation “have the right to find a peaceful, sustainable and lasting solution to the challenges they face, based on full respect for their self-determination, sovereignty and independence”.

The document reminds that Haiti is suffering a serious multidimensional crisis that exacerbates social instability, poverty and structural underdevelopment, caused by centuries of colonial and neocolonial plunder and foreign interventions.

It underlines that the international community has a great debt to Haiti, a Caribbean nation that was the protagonist of the first independence, anti-slavery, and social revolution of the continent, and “which has suffered the cruel and selfish reprisals of the imperialist powers for more than two centuries”.

Cuba provided solidarity and selfless cooperation to Haiti in areas of great impact for its people such as public health, education, agriculture, sports, energy, water resources and other key areas for the country’s social and economic stability, the MINREX statement said.