UN hopes new US government will remove Cuba from unilateral list

Feb 1, 2021, 12:14 PM

United Nations, Jan 31 (Agencies) UN Secretary General António Guterres hopes that the new US administration will consider rescinding Cuba's inclusion on Washington's unilateral list of country sponsors of terrorism, said his spokesman.

As explained by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the head of the United Nations, Guterres expressed to the permanent representative of Cuba to the UN, Pedro Luis Pedroso, his disagreement with the inclusion of the island in that list.

On January 26, the secretary general and the Cuban ambassador had a meeting in which they addressed the matter.

The permanent representative of Cuba to the UN pointed out repeatedly that his nation rejects terrorist actions in any of its forms and manifestations, in particular state terrorism that still persists against several countries in the world, as one of the principles of foreign policy contained in the Constitution.

During a recent intervention this month before the Security Council, Pedroso offered details on the consequences for the Cuban people of the terrorist attacks organized in the United States.

After learning about the inclusion of Cuba in Washington's unilateral list of countries supposedly sponsors of terrorism, the ambassador stressed that this action is about a personal campaign of the former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and his discredited foreign policy.

In this regard, he called on the United Nations to rule against such unilateral lists and certifications, politically manipulated and contrary to International Law, which only serve the purposes of defamation and coercion. In various regions of the world, numerous voices were also raised against the inclusion of Cuba in the payroll unilaterally drawn up by Washington.

On the other hand, the international community has reiterated that the United States must eliminate the blockade against Cuba in all its forms, which is seen as the main condition for improving relations between the two neighboring countries.