Permanent Mission to UN

Statement by Ambassador Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Permanent Representative of Cuba, at the Security Council open debate in connection with the agenda item “Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts” . New York,  March 19, 2008.

Mr. President,

On behalf of the Cuban delegation I would like to congratulate you and your working group for the work carried out as President of the Security Council during the month of March.

Mr. President,
The fight against terrorism is an issue that reaches far beyond the framework of the Security Council. This problem constitutes a priority for all peace-loving Members States of the United Nations, not only for those who, in a permanent or temporal manner, are members of this organ.

To Cuba, the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is a priority. Our country has never allowed nor will it allow its territory to be used for terrorist actions against any State without exception.

We uphold the view that only an authentic and effective international cooperation that allows preventing and tackling all acts of terrorism will provide an effective and sustainable response to the scourge of terrorism at the global level.

Mr. President,

For years our delegation has been submitting, on a regular basis, exhaustive and detailed information to the Security Council and the CTC on the terrorist actions of several individuals and organizations against Cuba, and about the conspiratorial protection that the US Government spares them. However, we do not know of any actions taken for a fact, not even to assess the information submitted, or of any investigation conducted on the several resolutions adopted by this organ that the US has failed to meet.

We have addressed this conference room more than once to alert to the release of the international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. We have repeatedly requested that concrete steps be taken to prevent such a despicable act, which is a reality now, from being carried out. The CTC has been informed of this in a timely and comprehensive manner.

Posada Carriles, who is rightly considered the most notorious terrorist of the western hemisphere, was released last year, in spite of the fact that there was enough evidence linking him to some of the most infamous crimes of the 20th century, including the downing of Flight 455 of Cubana de Aviación in 1976, the Iran-Contra scandal and the bombings in Havana hotels in 1997.

Despite Posada Carriles’s notorious hideous actions, the US Government only charged him with minor migration crimes. That would have been the right time to indict such notorious terrorist for his long criminal record. There is plenty of evidence to prove it. The FBI’s and the CIA’s declassified documents, and the very confessions of Posada, are enough evidence to indict him as a confessed terrorist.

There is no doubt today that the true intention was to prevent the details of his criminal actions under CIA orders from becoming public. The secrets Posada Carriles knows will come to light sooner or later. The truth will not be concealed forever.

A new smoke screen was raised last November 6 when the US Government filed an appeal to the Federal Court to release Posada Carriles. This act constitutes a new maneuver to disguise the guilt of the confessed international terrorist. This appeal fails to mention his long terrorist record. They insist in treating the case as a minor migration crime. They therewith ensure the terrorist’s definitive freedom and the withdrawal of all charges against him.

Cuba appears again before the Security Council to strongly denounce and condemn the complicity and absolute responsibility of the United States Government for this individual’s release from prison.

Next October will mark 32 years of the atrocious terrorist act committed by Posada Carriles and his henchmen against the Cubana de Aviación airliner that claimed the lives of 73 innocent civilians.

We must recall that another responsible for the midair bombing of the jetliner, Orlando Bosch, also enjoys freedom in Miami, while he makes public statements bragging about his numerous terrorist acts against the Cuban people. Meanwhile, terrorist organizations continue to openly operate in Miami and other cities of this country, carrying out recruitment, training and fund-raising activities, purchase of arms, and planning and execution of terrorist acts against our country.

Another case in point of the US authorities’ complicity with terrorist actions against Cuba is that just a few days ago a group of Posada Carriles’ collaborators, Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat among them, were given laughable sentences for obstructing the course of justice in refusing to testify against Posada, when they should have been sentenced, according the US law itself, for terrorism.

Security Council resolution 1373 calls upon all States to refrain from organizing, instigating, assisting or participating in terrorist acts in another State or acquiescing in organized activities within its territory directed towards the commission of such acts, while at the same time requests, among other measures, to ensure that any person participating in such acts is brought to justice.  Does this not apply to the United States?

And while confessed and unscrupulous terrorists walk free, the US authorities keep hostage in high security prisons five Cuban fighters against terrorism who, with high altruism and courage, were only trying to collect information on the Miami-based terrorist groups in order to prevent their violent acts and save Cuban and American lives. Once again, Cuba demands the immediate release of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González.

Mr. President,

Cuba reiterates its request to the Security Council and to its Counter-Terrorism Committee to address in an expedite manner the detailed information that our country has provided and to take all the relevant steps in accordance with the relevant adopted resolutions. In fulfillment of such resolutions, this organ must demand that the US Government immediately sentence Luis Posada Carriles for his terrorist acts or extradite him to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where he has been long wanted by the justice.

The fight against terrorism should be carried out in full. Terrorism must be rejected in all circumstances. It will not be possible to eradicate terrorism if some terrorist acts are condemned while others are silenced, tolerated or justified, or simply the issue is manipulated to foster mean political interests.

Double-standards and impunity cannot prevail in addressing this sensitive issue. The Security Council cannot continue to keep conspiratorial silence on this blatant affront to the victims of terrorism in the entire world.

As it has done so far, Cuba will continue to strictly abide by the resolutions adopted by the Security Council, including those regarding the issue of terrorism and will maintain its cooperation with the subsidiary bodies created pursuant to such resolutions. At the same time, we hope that this organ will make effective use of the plentiful and comprehensive information provided by Cuba without further delay.

Thank you very much

5 Héroes