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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Petro denounces “injustice” to the US by adding Cuba to the blacklist

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President Gustavo Petro said on Monday that the United States should add the “injustice” done against Cuba to a list of countries that support terrorism, lending only its territory for peace talks with Colombian rebels. For.

The president assured that he raised the issue in talks he had with the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, during his visit to South America.

“I told them that what happened to Cuba was an injustice,” Petro said. He said the island had to pay a price for accepting Colombia’s request to host peace talks.

That’s why the United States declared Cuba “a country that promotes terrorist activities (…), an injustice called. Therefore, in my opinion, it is not up to us, it must be corrected,” Petro said. said in a press conference. Along with Blinken, who did not mention the subject.

Cuba was the seat and guarantor of a peace agreement with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has now been converted into a political party.

It also welcomed the process with the National Liberation Army (ELN), which was disrupted by the government of Ivan Duque (2018-2022) after a deadly car bomb attack against a police school in Bogota.

After the abrupt end of the talks, Duque asked the Cuban authorities to hand over a negotiating team of guerrillas, which the island opposed, accusing the previously agreed protocol of a safe return of the rebels to Colombian territory. It was established that the communication failed.

Therefore, Bogotá prompted the United States to reconsider Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

In January 2021, in the final days of the Donald Trump administration, Washington added the island to that list, along with Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Upon taking power on 7 August, Petro began contacts to resume peace talks with the ELN, which is considered the last guerrilla in Colombia.

According to Petro, the parties plan to start talks as soon as guarantors with Chile, Norway, Cuba and Venezuela, which could include Spain.

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