For Immediate Release: April 26th 2013
On Friday, April 26, 2013, the Latin America Working Group delivered a petition to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The petition, launched in February, has over 8,000 signatures and will continue to collect signatures through the summer. See petiton here.
The petition was addressed to Raymond McGrath, (Coordinator of Cuban Affairs, Department of State), Ricardo Zuniga, (National Security Council, Western Hemisphere Division), and President Barack Obama.
As the State Department may release its list of state sponsors of terrorism on April 30th, this petition is very timely. The continued presence of Cuba on the list symbolizes everything that’s wrong with our approach to Cuba. It’s based on a myth (that Cuban sponsors terrorist groups); it reinforces Cold War-era prejudices (that Cuba is an “enemy” who we must isolate and oppose); it helps lock our foreign policy in stone. It prevents the United States from taking sensible steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba.