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Bolivia condemns Cuba’s inclusion in unilateral SST list

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La Paz, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government on Saturday expressed in a statement its "resounding rejection of the list drawn up unilaterally by the United States which selectively classed Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism".

According to the statement published by Bolivia´s Foreign Ministry, “the inclusion of Cuba in this list violates the most elementary principles of the United Nations Charter, attacks in a multidimensional manner and causes serious violations to the human rights of the Cuban population”.

The document adds that this unilateral practice constitutes a serious act of interference with political objectives and destabilization of the internal order in Cuba.

“The Plurinational State of Bolivia reiterates its solidarity with the Cuban people,” the text concludes. The members of the Bolivian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba and the national chapter of the Network of Artists and Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity also reaffirmed this criterion in statements handed over to Prensa Latina.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, eliminated Cuba last May 15 from a unilateral and arbitrary list of states which, according to Washington, “do not fully cooperate” in the fight against terrorism.

Reportedly, the circumstances for Cuba’s certification as a “less than fully cooperative country” changed from 2022 to 2023.

Such an information was attributed in the United States to an unidentified “official” who cited the resumption of bilateral law enforcement cooperation as one of the reasons why the previous designation was no longer appropriate.

However, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez noted that the United States admitted what is known to all: that Cuba fully cooperates with counter-terrorism efforts.

At the same time, the minister added on X that, in addition, “it should cease all political manipulation of the issue and put an end to our arbitrary and unjust inclusion in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism”.

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