Francia Márquez asks the US to withdraw Cuba, led by the dictator Miguel Díaz Canal, from countries that promote terrorism. Vice presidency.
The long list of Colombian politicians who have asked the United States to remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism was joined by the Vice President of the Republic, Francia Márquez, who traveled to that Central American nation this week to attend the Book Fair.
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For the right hand of President Gustavo Petro, it is unfair that that country is maintained with that title and he recalled the support that Cubans have given Colombia in matters of peace and post-conflict.
It must be remembered that Havana, the Cuban capital, was the headquarters where the Colombian Government and the extinct FARC carried out the negotiations that, finally, ended the war that lasted more than 50 years between the State and the former guerrilla.
Colombia’s Vice President Francia Marquez speaks during the inauguration of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, February 9, 2023. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Now, Cuba also announced that it supports the dialogues that the Petro government is carrying out with the only guerrilla group that remains active in Colombia: the National Liberation Army (ELN). These and others were the reasons why the Colombian vice president once again requested that the Joe Biden government remove Cuba from that black list.
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“A country that bets on peace cannot be a country that is placed on a war list,” said the ‘vice’ during the literary event she attended in the capital of that island. Then, on her Twitter account, she referred to it again and raised that request vehemently.
“It is not fair that a country like Cuba, which has contributed so much to peace in Colombia, is part of the list of countries that support terrorism. Today, from Havana, I express my support for this island nation to be removed from said list,” said Francia Márquez.
Francia Márquez asks the US to withdraw Cuba from countries that promote terrorism
In other pronouncements, the lawyer also recalled that this nation was the epicenter of meetings between the ex-guerrillas and the commissioners of the government of then President Juan Manuel Santos, who in 2016 signed the treaties that achieved the demobilization of one of the most feared structures. From the american continent.
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“Today I cannot stop thanking the island, its leaders and its people for having been the common home for this process and (…) their interest in peace in our country,” added the vice president.
It should be mentioned that when Barack Obama was president of the United States, Cuba left that list. However, when Donald Trump came to power in 2016, he ensured that, in 2020, that nation would re-enter that list.
However, this request is not well received by various sectors of the Central American country. In mid-January, for example, the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance (ARC) in Miami and several dissidents rejected the removal of the Havana government from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, a possibility that would be a “mistake” given that According to what they denounce, the island continues to support these activities.
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The coordinator of the ARC, Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, said at a press conference that “it would be unfortunate” if the administration of US President Joe Biden made the decision to remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism prepared by the State Department. .
Last November in 2022, various countries and international organizations described the inclusion of Cuba on that list as unfair, in addition to denouncing in the United Nations Assembly the damage that this causes to their citizenship on the island.
“The Cuban government supports Russia and the Daniel Ortega regime in Nicaragua,” said Gutiérrez Boronat, for whom if Biden finally made that decision, it would be a “regrettable” measure that, as he assured, “would open the doors to the Cuban regime ”.
*With information from EFE.
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