NAM and G77 and China demand Cuba's removal from the terrorism list

NAM and G77 and China demand Cuba's removal from the terrorism list
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15 June 2024
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The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 and China today demanded in a joint statement the removal of Cuba from the US list of countries that supposedly sponsor terrorism.

Both alliances described this inclusion as an unfair and unfounded accusation that serves as a pretext to impose additional unilateral coercive measures against the island, strengthening the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the Cuban people to unprecedented levels.

The statement urged Joe Biden's government to end the siege that constitutes the greatest impediment to the full development of the country. In that sense, it called for compliance with the 31 resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the need to end the blockade against Cuba.

At the end of May, the State Department confirmed the elimination of Cuba from the list that includes countries that, according to the United States, “do not fully cooperate” in the fight against terrorism.

However, both the international community and the Cuban Government consider the provision insufficient and not equivalent to the elimination of the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. This implies serious limitations for the economic and commercial exchange of the Caribbean country.

Cuba was first placed on the State Department's list of sponsors of terrorism during President Ronald Reagan's administration in 1982.

In 2015, then-president Barack Obama considered that this designation had no merit in the case of the island and withdrew it.

Four years later, however, Donald Trump reincluded Cuba a few days before leaving the White House, something that his Democratic successor maintains despite the demand that he rectify that position in his policy towards the Caribbean nation. 

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