“The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission”, the State Department said in a news release. Congress had 45 days to try to block it but didn’t have the votes to do so, and didn’t try.
President Barack Obama ordered the State Department to review Cuba’s designation last December, and Secretary of State John Kerry recommended that Havana be removed from the list in April, setting in motion a 45-day congressional review period that expired Friday.
The statement noted that the U.S. “has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions” but said these fall outside the criteria related to rescinding a state sponsor of terror designation. The Castro regime’s responsibility in the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down, the unresolved claims stemming from its illegal confiscation of property from American citizens and businesses, and its continual use of repressive tactics to silence any opposition to the tyrannical regime are further evidence that Cuba should not have been removed from the SSOT.
The historic accord between the US and Cuba was hammered out by the US president and his counterpart in Cuba, Raul Castro, following 50 years of severed ties between the countries. Through this new approach of engagement, we are finally in a position to advance our interests while simultaneously improving the lives of the Cuba people.
“The communist dictatorship has offered no assurances it will address its long record of repression and human rights at home”, Boehner said in a statement.
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) blasted the Obama administration for “conceding on bedrock values” of the United States with its “dangerous and misguided” removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror.
It requires Washington to actively oppose any loans to these countries by the World Bank and other international financial institutions. Joanne Chesimard, now known as Assata Shakur, has lived on the island since the 1980s.
The two sides have held 4 rounds of excessive degree negotiations since December and say they’re closing in on a deal to reopen the embassies.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that “there continue to be issues that need to be worked out”. “That’s obviously among the next milestones”, he said.
Washington put Cuba on its terrorism blacklist in 1982, when Havana supported armed guerrilla movements in Latin America.
The United States cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960 after Fidel Castro took power in a coup in 1959.