[News] Cuba's Statement regarding US Offer of Aid
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Mon Sep 8 10:40:43 EDT 2008
It should be emphasized, too, that the U.S.
government offered a tinybit of aid ($100,000 and
more later maybe) ONLY if it was distributedNOT
by the Cuban government, the only effective means of distributionthat exists.
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
On 3rd September last, at 4:45 P.M., the
Assistant Secretary of State for Western
Hemisphere Affairs, Thomas Shannon, delivered to
the Head of the Interest Section of Cuba in
Washington, Note Nº 646, which states ?its
deepest regret for the destruction caused by
hurricane Gustav? and affirms that the United
States would be prepared to ?offer immediate and
initial humanitarian assistance of relief
supplies to the Cuban people through an
appropriate international relief organization?.
An identical Note was later sent to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs by the United States Interests Section in Havana.
In said Note, the U.S. Government also requests
the Cuban Government to ?allow a United States
humanitarian assessment team to visit Cuba to
inspect the affected areas to properly assess damage?.
On Saturday 6 September, at 8:55 A.M., the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered to the
State Department, through the Interests Section
of Cuba in Washington, and simultaneously to the
United States Interests Section in Havana, its
Note Nº 1866 conveying its appreciation for the
expressions of regret by the Government of the
United States due to the destruction caused in our country by hurricane Gustav.
The Note also states that Cuba does not require
the assistance of a humanitarian assessment team
to assess the damage and needs, as it has a
sufficient number of specialists, which practically have concluded that task.
The Note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also
expresses that if the Government of the United
States is really willing to cooperate with the
Cuban people in face of the tragedy of the
hurricane, it is requested to allow the sale to
Cuba of those materials considered indispensable
and to suspend the restrictions that prevent U.S.
companies from offering private commercial
credits to our country for the purchase of food in the United States.
A widespread public debate has emerged during the
last few hours in the United States regarding the
position that should be adopted by the U.S.
Government due to the severe damage caused by hurricane Gustav in Cuba.
During the afternoon of 4 September, the
Democratic Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama,
requested the suspension, for no less than 90
days, of restrictions to travel, remittances and
assistance by Cuban residents in the United States to their families in Cuba.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers that
the restrictions on travel and the sending of
remittances by persons of Cuban origin residing
in the United States should have never been
applied. It is not Cuba but the United States
which deprives persons of Cuban origin from the exercise of this right.
If these rights were to be returned to the Cubans
for humanitarian reasons, there would be no way
to explain that said prohibition, equally unjust
and discriminatory, would be retained for U.S. citizens.
Now, when the Eastern part of the country is
already in hurricane watch as a result of the
threat posed by hurricane Ike, as powerful as
Gustav, Cuba reaffirms that, in all truth, the
only correct and ethical action, in
correspondence with International Law and the
practically unanimous will of the U.N. General
Assembly, would be to eliminate totally and
permanently the ruthless and cruel economic,
commercial and financial blockade imposed against
our Motherland for almost half a century. It
includes the persecution of Cuban commercial and
financial operations in third countries and
which, according to conservative calculations,
causes yearly damages higher than those caused by hurricane Gustav.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
September 6 2008
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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