Sunday, September 14, 2008

GREAT MOMENTS IN DIPLOMATIC STATEMENTS

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, September 10

Yesterday, September 9, 2008, at 11:50 A.M., the Department of State conveyed to the Interests Section of Cuba in Washington Note 252/18 in which, after expressing its regrets for the additional damage caused to the Cuban people by hurricane Ike, it insists in the visit to our country of a "humanitarian assessment team" to "inspect the affected areas".

Today, September 10, at 7:20 P.M. the Interests Section of Cuba in Washington sent to the Department of State Note No 046/08, in which it conveys its appreciation for the expressions of regret by the Government of the United States for the damage caused in Cuba by hurricane Ike, and reiterates that Cuba does not require the assistance of a humanitarian assessment team as it has a sufficient number of trained specialists to deal with this task.

The Note emphasizes that if the Government of the United States is really willing to cooperate with the Cuban people it is requested to allow the sale to Cuba of indispensable material, such as materials for roofing, for building repairs and for the re-establishment of electric networks.

Likewise, it reiterates the request that the Government of the United States suspend the restrictions preventing U.S. companies from providing private commercial credits to Cuba for the purchase of foodstuffs in the United States .

The Note also calls the attention of the Department of State that the visit to Cuba of a humanitarian assessment team is not required to allow the sale of the aforementioned materials and to authorize private credits for the purchase of foodstuffs. . .

This is a cynical attitude of the Government of the United States . It attempts to suggest that it is desperate to cooperate with Cuba , and that we are the ones refusing. It lies shamelessly.

Why does the Government of the United States insist on the pretext of carrying out an inspection "in situ" when the information disseminated regarding the serious effects caused by the hurricanes in Cuba is widespread and obvious?

Why does it use the precondition of sending an inspection team, something that no one else has done among the scores of countries that are already generously cooperating with Cuba ?

Why does the Government of the United States refuse to allow Cuba to purchase materials for building repairs, roofing or components the re-establishment of electrical networks in the U.S.?

Why does if forbid U.S. companies and their subsidiaries in all countries, to provide Cuba with private credit for the purchase of foodstuffs, which today are essential to ensure food for the affected population and to replace reserves in the event of new hurricanes?. . .

Cuba has not asked the Government of the United States for any gift whatsoever. Simply to be allowed to purchase.

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