Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Cuba accuses United States of lying about alleged attacks on diplomats

Cuba accuses United States of lying about alleged attacks on diplomats

According to officials involved in the case, the attacks began in 2016 and took advantage of the Obama administration's unprecedented openness with the Raul Castro regime.

Before Wednesday's vote, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly: "Today, the crime is the Cuban government's continued repression of its people and failure to meet even the minimum requirements of a free and just society". Following the unexplained "sonic attacks" it resulted in the shortage of US consular personnel to process visas.

"The measures taken against Cuba are unjustified and politically motivated, they are not based on evidence or investigative results", Rodriguez said Thursday in Washington.

"The United States does not fear isolation in this chamber or anywhere else". "We will stand for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms that the member states of this body have pledged to protect, even if we have to stand alone".

"I can affirm categorically that whoever claims that these injuries have occurred as a result of attacks is deliberately lying", the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

Havana is willing to continue dialogue with the United States and is committed to cooperating to conclude the probe related to the incident with American diplomats, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said during a speech at the Cuban embassy in DC. During the meeting at the Dirksen building of the Senate, Rodriguez reiterated that Cuba has no responsibility in the alleged incidents that have affected the health of USA diplomats and their families in Havana.

The Trump administration has said that 24 USA officials or their relatives were subjected to deliberate attacks by a still-undetermined culprit.

The probe, however, has not discovered what or who may have caused the sonic attacks.

Speaking at a news conference, Rodriguez alleged the issue has been used "as a political pretext for damaging bilateral relations and eliminating the progress made" under U.S. President Barrack Obama.

The Cuban government has repeatedly denied any responsibility for diplomatic health problems. He said: "While the USA government closes, Cuba opens".

According to AFP, "the 193-nation assembly has voted overwhelmingly every year since 1991 to demand an end to the embargo, delivering a rebuke to Washington over its Cuba policy".

Nonetheless, Cuba has many friends, as the United Nations vote shows, and many trading partners willing to defy the US embargo, but a outcome is that Cuban products have had to find markets outside the region.

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