calls for Cuba to be removed from countries
supporting terrorism list
WASHINGTON, March 14.—The United
States should exclude Cuba from the list of
countries sponsoring terrorism, according to an
editorial in the Los Angeles Times.
"Cuba remains on the list … because
it disagrees with the United States’ approach to
fighting international terrorism, not because it
supports terrorism," it states.
The State Department has confirmed
that it has no plans to remove Cuba from the list.
But Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who recently led
a bipartisan congressional delegation to Havana, "is
urging President Obama to consider a range of policy
changes toward Cuba, including delisting it, which
would not require congressional approval," the
"Moreover, keeping Cuba on the list undermines
Washington's credibility in Latin America," the
LA Times comments.
The editorial highlighted Cuba’s
condemnation of the September 11 attacks and the
fact that the country is currently hosting peace
talks between the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia-Army of the People) and the
government of Juan Manuel Santos.
This list and other like it, through
which the U.S. government assumes the illegitimate
right to evaluate the conduct of other countries,
has political motivations, in that it allows the
administration to justify the anti-Cuba blockade
Sanctions implemented against a
state sponsoring terrorism include a ban on:
unlicensed financial transactions; direct U.S.
government financial and technical aid; exports of
certain merchandise such as heavy industrial
products, high tech equipment and dual-use products;
munitions transfers; and the denial of temporary
visas to nationals from the country concerned,
without a special decision from the Secretary of