A person sporting a face masks walks close to an indication depicting Cuban late chief Fidel Castro and studying “Revolution is to change everything that needs to be changed”, in Havana on Could 13, 2020, amid the brand new coronavirus pandemic. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
The USA mentioned Wednesday it had added Cuba to a blacklist of nations that don’t absolutely cooperate on counterterrorism, denouncing the presence of Colombian leftist guerrillas.
Cuba joined 4 US adversaries — Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela — in failing to be licensed for 2019 beneath a US counterterrorism legislation that impacts protection exports.
It was the primary time that Cuba was not licensed since 2015. The State Division pointed to the presence of negotiators from Colombia’s ELN rebels, who traveled to Havana in 2017 to barter with the Bogota authorities however haven’t returned.
“Cuba’s refusal to productively engage with the Colombian government demonstrates that it is not cooperating with US work to support Colombia’s efforts to secure a just and lasting peace, security and opportunity for its people,” the State Division mentioned.
Colombian President Ivan Duque, a conservative ally of america, broke off talks with the ELN after a January automotive bomb assault on a Bogota police academy killed 21 recruits.
The militants have been demanding, unsuccessfully, that Colombia grant secure passage for its negotiators to return from Cuba.
The State Division transfer can have little sensible impact on Cuba, which doesn’t import weapons from america, its arch-rival.
However the step is the most recent by President Donald Trump’s administration to extend strain on Cuba and transfer away from the reconciliation efforts beneath his predecessor Barack Obama.
The ELN is claimed to function in about 10 % of Colombia however is a smaller participant than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which reached a landmark peace settlement with the federal government in 2016.