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Press conference by Foreign Minister of the Rep of Cuba, Felipe P Roque on the mercenaries at the service of the empire who stood trial on April 3,4,5 and 7, 2003. Havana City, April 9, 2003

Jos L. Ponce (Presenter). Good afternoon to all our colleagues. Welcome to this special presentation by Foreign Minister Felipe P Roque.

There are here 82 journalists from the international accredited press, representing 59 media from 22 countries, and the entire national press is represented as well.

Without further delay, I will leave you with Minister Felipe P Roque, who will make a special presentation and then we will proceed to a round of questions and answers. Felipe P Good afternoon to all the foreign press correspondents accredited in our country and the national press.

We have convened this meeting to give you information on the trials of the last few days and their background, as well as commenting on some other issues of interest.

In the first place, I should like to make it clear that the government and people of Cuba have a very clear understanding that they are currently waging a hard struggle for their right to self determination, for their right to independence.

The people and government of Cuba have not lost sight for a minute of the fact that what is at stake in Cuba is the future of our country as a nation and the full rights of every citizen of our country. governments to fabricate an opposition in Cuba, to fabricate an organized dissidence in Cuba, to foment in Cuba the emergence or strengthening of groups responding to their interests, with an evidently annexationist vision, those who would be responsible some day for propitiating Cuba’s annexation to the United States, in the supposed scenario of the defeat of the Cuban Revolution. That has been its obsession and the purpose of the laws, the funding, the incitement and the role of the special services. They have come up against all of that, but they have not overcome that resistance, which has elicited international admiration.

I must give this background information, because recent events in Cuba cannot be examined without taking into account that there is still this historical dispute with Cuba over its right to independence and the struggle of the Cuban people to preserve that independence vis vis a historical ambition and concrete plans for Cuba’s annexation to the United States. It is that which is at stake in Cuba today. Thus, in analyzing the Cuban reality and what is occurring in Cuba today, that element should be kept in mind.

Cuba is well aware that international law is on its side. The United Nations Charter recognizes the right of Cuba to choose its own political system, it recognizes respect for the principle of equality among states and it recognizes the right of peoples to self determination. Thus, the blockade, the aggressive actions and pressures on Cuba are attempts at violating our people’s right to exercise its self determination, create its institutions, and found its political and economic system of its own free will.

That is what is at stake in Cuba today, that is, if a small country, in the vicinity of a great superpower, can be an independent country, can be a country that follows its own path.

International covenants on human rights approved by the United Nations and much referred to in these days, state, and I quote: “That all peoples have the right to self determination”, and as Cubans, we have given ourselves that right. We have approved a constitution, we have amended it, we have laws, we have institutions, we have more than 2,000 organizations whish are part of our civil society including non governmental organizations and workers leagues and we have our own system, our institutions, and we have chosen our own way and we demand that it is respected. That is what is at stake here, that is, whether we can or cannot do things our own way and exercise that right.

The Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), from which as it is known Cuba was expelled due to pressure from the US government an issue on which we have repeatedly made our opinion clear the Charter of the OAS, to which the United States does belong and in which it exercises its full might, reads: “All states have the right to choose, without external interference, their political, economic and social system, and to organize it in the form that is most convenient for them, and have the duty not to interfere in the affairs of other states.”

That is laid down in the OAS Charter, which is supposedly the cornerstone of the Organization of the Americas, and thus we are fighting in Cuba for that right, against all the pressure and against the intensified hostility of a new government in the United States that, in the exercise of its unilateral power in the world, has increased its rhetoric and hostility toward Cuba to unexpected levels.

So, that is what is at stake in Cuba today. We find it important that these elements are taken into account as the backdrop of everything we are going to explain here this afternoon. administrations that Cuba has had to confront and which it has had to survive. But with the advent of the administration headed by President Bush, jr. in the United States, hostility towards Cuba has dramatically increased. government and the decision to give central responsibility for Latin American Affairs, and thus for Cuba, in the State Department to Mr. Otto Reich, have open the way for a new stage of growing hostilities towards Cuba.

I should clearly say that we do not blame the American people for this situation. We have feelings of friendship and respect for the people of the United States, and we have given proof of that.

We do not blame the majority of Cubans who live in the United States, either, the ones we do not call “the mafia;” we refer to them as the Cuban community resident there, whose right to relations with their families and to visit Cuba we also respect and defend, we do not blame them. society, its academics, its business sector, who understand the need for a change in policy towards Cuba and the normalization of relations. We blame for this situation the extremist Miami groups, which are a minority, and the sectors within the Administration that have committed themselves to a policy of hostility towards Cuba. citizens’ right to travel to Cuba, for the elimination of the anachronistic prohibitions currently preventing them from traveling to Cuba. society, according to surveys, data, and publications want it to be followed today? No. Another road in relation to Cuba has been followed, a road that has led to a reinforcement of the blockade, a strengthening of the blockade measures later we shall see some of those recent decisions a road of greater incitement than ever to illegal emigration, a greater tolerance of it.

I will simply say that in the last seven months there have been seven hijackings of Cuban air and sea crafts, encouraged by tolerance, by the indiscriminate application of the Cuban Adjustment Act, by the practice of receiving people who use terrorism and violence to get there, who use firearms, something that is penalized in international conventions to which the United States is a party; and the terrorist hijackers involved in four of those cases remain at liberty, and there is no news of any legal proceedings being taken against them the first four of those seven cases, from August of last year to date.

In four cases, the hijackers that committed acts of terrorism are freely walking the streets; that is what has happened. There are people living freely in Miami who murdered to divert vessels or planes to the United States, and there has been an increase in all of that. I will return to this point later.

The 1200 weekly hours of radio broadcasts against Cuba are receiving more funds than ever. Interests Section in Havana has been instructed to practically set up there the headquarters of internal subversion in Cuba, with the highest profile of a head of this section in its 25 years of functioning, in open violation of the laws governing diplomatic conduct, by openly interfering in Cuba’s internal affairs, in a tone and behavior totally inappropriate for a diplomat. government. To sum up, we have a situation where there has been an increase in subversive actions, disrespect for Cuban laws, and open defiance of Cuba’s legal institutions, which all diplomatic representations should respect in their work in our country.

To give you an example of how Mr. James Cason anticipated his work in Cuba as head of the US Interests Section in Havana, I will make available to you a brief excerpt of an interview he gave to Miami television in December, so that you can hear in his own words what we are talking about.

Journalist. your new position as head of the US Interests Section in Havana, now given that your are moving about, you have met with ordinary Cubans and with dissidents in Cuba. Have you already met with leaders of the anti Castro organizations in exile as well?
polo ralph lauren botas Felipe Pérez Roque on the mercenaries at the service of the empire who stood trial on April 3