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French associations request Cuba’s removal from SST list

Paris, May 23 (Prensa Latina) French solidarity and cooperation associations on Thursday made a joint demand to the United States to remove Cuba from its unilateral states-sponsor-of-terrorism (SST) list, an accusation they considered as nonsense.

In a statement, organizations including Cuba Coopération France (CubaCoop), France Cuba, Cuba Linda and Montpellier Cuba Solidarité set out their position condemning this US mechanism without any endorsement from the international community.

Likewise, they reaffirmed their strong rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for over 60 years and also denounced U.S. interference in Cuba´s internal affairs as well as the smear campaign.

In January 2021, just a few days before leaving the White House, then President Donald Trump re-included Cuba on the SST list as part of his crusade to tighten the unjust and criminal blockade, which included over 240 punitive measures.

Trump´s decision implies that the financial persecution of operations carried out by the beleaguered country to satisfy the basic needs of the population, whose most vulnerable sector suffers in a particular way the consequences of the economic asphyxia, will intensify all over the planet.

The French associations recalled that in mid-May, the U.S. government acknowledged in its also unilateral certification process on the sensitive issue that Cuba cooperates in anti-terrorist efforts.

It is inconsistent and perfidious for the State Department to maintain, after that admission, Cuba arbitrarily, unilaterally and without legal value on its SST list, they warned.

CubaCoop, France Cuba, Cuba Linda and Montpellier Cuba Solidarité called it mind-boggling that it is precisely the United States that dedicates itself to classifying other nations, since it is the most involved in wars and conflicts all over the planet.

After having organized and financed hundreds of terrorist acts against Cuba and its people, it dares to launch this slanderous accusation against an altruistic and solidary nation.

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