New York, July 7, 2020. As part of the second day of the United Nations Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Alternate Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, expressed her concern about the practice of some governments, such as the United States, of using messages of hate and discrimination in their speeches against nations whose political systems are not like theirs; as a result, she added, extremist and unscrupulous individuals are promoted and encouraged to commit terrorist acts against innocent people.
During Panel 2 entitled “The Global Scourge of Terrorism: Assessing High-Risk Threats and Trends, including the Rise of Violent Extremism and Incitement to Hate in a Pandemic Environment”, the Cuban diplomat exemplified how the United States Government’s behavior towards Cuba promotes aggressive and hateful politics and discourse. She also referred to how in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington has unleashed a slanderous campaign against Cuban international medical cooperation, which incites violence against Cuban health personnel working in other countries. He illustrated evidence of the involvement of U.S. government officials in violent actions against Cuban health cooperators in Bolivia.
The representative of the Largest of the Antilles further explained that the terrorist act against the Cuban Embassy in the United States is also a direct result of the ongoing incitement to violence by U.S. politicians, including senior officials of the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and by extremist anti-Cuban groups that have made this type of attack their livelihood.
This terrorist act against Cuba, denounced by Ana Silvia González, has resulted in threats against the integrity of Cuban diplomats and embassies in the United States itself, as well as in Mexico, Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Austria, Angola, Iran and Cyprus, and in the Cuban Permanent Mission to UNESCO in Paris, all of which have been communicated to the respective governments.
(CubaMINREX / Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)