Colombian Senators Request Removal of Cuba from Terrorist List

September 21, 2022

Colombian Representatives stand with Cuba, photo: PL

A group of more than 80 Colombian congressional representatives will file a letter addressed to their counterparts in the United States to remove Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, as confirmed by Senator Gloria Flórez.

The letter is addressed to the Vice President and President of the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris; to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and also to the President of the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations, Csaba Kőrösi.

The senator stressed that Cuba’s work over many years towards Colombia has been supportive in the search for peace.

In addition, the island nation contributes with all its effort and its territory in guaranteeing dialogue and political negotiations as was the case with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) and the State and now with the National Liberation Army (ELN),

The only thing Cuba has done is to respect the agreements reached with the international community and with the Colombian state and unfortunately the past government, in order to destroy and shatter the agreement, asked to punish Cuba for its real commitment to the peace process in Colombia.

The letter from the Colombian Congress people is specifically  addressed to the United States to review this list that has more to do with the hatred of Cuba than eliminating terrorism has brought enormous negative consequences to the Cuban people which, together with the economic, financial and commercial blockade of Washington, affects in a severe way the life of the Cuban population.

Senator Florez stressed that a new peace process is being prepared with the ELN in which Cuba is going to be a fundamental partner and that is another reason why they are asking for justice and to be done by removing it from the spurious list.

This gesture by the United States would be a great contribution to peace in Colombia and as the slogan says it is the conviction of all Latin America and the Caribbean because  peace in Colombia is peace for the whole region.

The congress people who signed the letter are part of the broad Colombia-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group.

For his part, Congressman Gabriel Becerra also pointed out that this initiative is consistent with the concept of Gustavo Petro’s government regarding Cuba’s position on peace in Colombia.

We are making this request so that there is a different orientation, the blockade needs to be eliminated and new relations between States based on respect for the sovereignty of nations are allowed.

Last week, at the Caribbean Women’s International Meeting, a campaign was launched to remove Cuba from the arbitrary list, showing that more and more voices in the South American nation are joining.

Source: Cuba En Resumen