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Informative Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In correspondence with the Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dated June 23, 2012,  which states that  “the Cuban Government declares that it will not recognize any authority that does not come from the legitimate suffrage and the sovereignty exercise of the Paraguayan people”, our Ambassador in Asuncion has been recalled and he will arrive to Havana in the coming hours.

Havana, June 26th, 2012

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly condemns the Parliamentary Coup d’ État against Constitutional President Fernando Lugo and the brotherly people of Paraguay.

This coup comes on top of a long list of attempts against the self-determination of the Latin American peoples, which have always been carried out by the oligarchies with the responsibility, complicity or tolerance of the United States government.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Last June 12th, the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the imposition of a $619 million dollars fine to Dutch bank institution “ING Bank”.

The Government of the United States unilaterally sanctioned ING Bank for  doing, together with its branches in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Curacao,  commercial and financial transactions with Cuban institutions,  something that´s prohibited by the criminal policy of blockade against Cuba.

Statement by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of United States Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

United States is one of the main destinations for trafficking in persons in the world.

Cuba strongly rejects the new inclusion in the list of countries that do not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons and are not making significant efforts to do so.

Cuba demands the end to the use of this issue to attempt to discredit the country and justify the each day more rejected and shameful policy of sanctions against its people.

Statement about Mr. Alan Gross´ Health

Mr. Alan Gross´ health is normal. He has chronic conditions typical of someone his age, and is being properly treated for them. He is eating healthy, balanced meals. His general state of good health can be seen by the fact that he is maintaining a considerable exercise program.

The Government of the United States and Mr. Gross´ family have been regularly receiving complete medical information about his health. Cuban authorities have periodically been meeting with U.S. officials and Mr. Gross´ family in order to share all information about his health.

Statement by Josefina Vidal, Head of United States Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

We strongly reject the content of the report by the State Department on the situation of human rights in Cuba which the United States Government arrogates the right to issue, unaware of its own record of abuses within the country and in the world.

Like it occurs with the unjust and unfounded inclusion in the list of States sponsor of international terrorism, the singularization of Cuba in this report has nothing to do with the real situation of human rights in our country.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on US Supreme Court Decision related to Cubaexport

Last May 14, 2012, United States Supreme Court denied to the Cuban company Cubaexport the possibility to defend its right to renew the registry of the prestigious brand Havana Club before the United States Patents and Trademark Office, hindered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury, to provide the Cuban commercial entity the license to renew the trademark registered in that country since 1976 to 2006.

Statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dagoberto Rodríguez Barrera, in response to the comments on Cuba by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo to ABC newspaper

The comments by the Spanish Chancellor García Margallo are interfering, disrespectful and, I even would say, a bit naive.

The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister  should remember that Cuba is no longer a colony of his country or any other, and he should take care a little more of the devastating economic and social crisis Spain currently lives and the great discontent existing in that society, where almost 40% of young Spaniards does not have a job.

Statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dagoberto Rodríguez Barrera, in response to the comments on Cuba by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo to ABC newspaper

The comments by the Spanish Chancellor García Margallo are interfering, disrespectful and, I even would say, a bit naive.

The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister  should remember that Cuba is no longer a colony of his country or any other, and he should take care a little more of the devastating economic and social crisis Spain currently lives and the great discontent existing in that society, where almost 40% of young Spaniards does not have a job.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba has known about the decision adopted by the Government of the Argentine Republic to expropriate, in accordance with its domestic law, 51 % of the shares owned by YPF Company, subsidiary of Spanish Repsol Company, which operates in Argentine territory.

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