OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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15:50-. The Minister reiterates that this policy is rash, and that the U.S. government will be responsible for the deterioration of relations between the two countries.

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15:50-. Rodríguez replies that as far as the future of the diplomatic agenda is concerned, that would be a good question to put to the United States government. These decisions will affect bilateral relations just as Trump’s words in June, and his address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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15:45-. Cristina Escobar of Cuban Television asks about the future of the diplomatic agenda between both countries, given the statement by the U.S. State Department.

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15:42-. He adds that the scant alleged evidence shared by the U.S. side has been dismissed. Likewise, he reiterates that further information from the United States has been repeatedly requested, as well as authorization to meet with those affected and for meetings between Cuban and U.S. doctors.

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15:42-. The Minister explains that unfortunately most of the incidents were reported by the U.S. Embassy months after they were supposed to have occurred. In addition, he clarifies that Cuban experts have not visited diplomatic residences, as the U.S. has refused them entry.

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15:40-. In regard to Cuba’s investigations, he notes that these have progressed with great professionalism, corresponding to the orders of the highest level of the Cuban government, to clarify the facts.

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15:35-. Rodríguez stresses that the only terrorist attacks to have taken place in Cuba were perpetrated by groups based in the United States, not by any third country.

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15:32-. A reporter from CNN asks for details on Cuba’s investigation: whether specialists have visited the residences of U.S. diplomats and the places they frequented, and if a third country or terrorist group could be implicated.

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15:32-. Rodríguez notes the hypocrisy in taking such measures against Cuba, yet not against other diplomatic missions to the U.S.

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15:30-. The Minister stresses that to date there is no concrete evidence regarding the claims of attacks on U.S. diplomats, with theories being paraded around that can only be described as “science fiction.”

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15:30-.Rodríguez describes the decision to expel Cuban diplomats as politically motivated and malicious.

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15:28-.The Minister emphasizes that the fact that the United States made such a decision has nothing to do with the expelling of the Cuban diplomats to Washington. It is clearly a political decision unrelated to the ongoing investigation. It is a reprisal.

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15:28-. Rodríguez notes that the statement issued by the State Department does not refer to attacks, but rather to incidents, yet nonetheless blames the Cuban government for failing to take measures to avoid such “incidents.” He stresses that it is unacceptable to argue that due to the U.S. deciding to reduce its personnel on the island, Cuban diplomats must abandon their mission in the United States.

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15:25-.Rodríguez responds to a question from Jorge Legañoa of the Cuban News Agency (ACN), regarding the U.S. arguments to justify these measures, noting that it was only months after investigations were launched, that the word “attack” began to be used.

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15:25-. Regarding relations with the United States, the Cuban Foreign Minister replies that the policies announced by the Trump administration are indeed a setback. The decision to expel Cuban diplomats can only benefit those who intend to reverse the progress made in recent years and only follows the interests of a handful of people.

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15:22-.AP’s correspondent in Havana asks the Minister whether the measures taken by the U.S. government at this time constitute a return to the period prior to December 17, 2014.
She also asks what has happened to the Canadian diplomats who also reported the same symptoms.

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15:20-. The Cuban Foreign Ministry reiterates the willingness to continue to cooperate with U.S. authorities in order to clarify the facts and conclude the investigation.

The Cuban Foreign Minister concludes his presentation, and invites those present to participate in a round of questions.

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15:20-. The measure announced by the U.S. to expel Cuban diplomatic personnel in Washington has an eminently political character, Rodríguez stresses.

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15:20-. The Cuban Foreign Ministry reiterates that Cuba has never, nor will it ever, perpetrate attacks of any kind against diplomats and their families.

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15:18-. To date, according to available information and data offered by the United States, there is no evidence of the alleged attacks and no possible perpetrators have been identified.

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15:18-. Minister Rodríguez notes that Cuban authorities cooperated during the three visits made by U.S. specialized agencies.

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15:15-. After repeated requests to the U.S. government, specialized U.S. agencies traveled to Cuba, met with their Cuban counterparts, and stated that they would cooperate more actively in clarifying the incidents.

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15:15-. Cuban experts concluded that the main obstacle to clarifying the incidents was the lack of information and its late delivery on the part of the U.S.

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15:12-.In order to contribute to the investigative and legal process, Cuban authorities sent a research file to the U.S., including required information. So far, Cuban authorities have not been able to access the persons concerned or the doctors who examined them, and as such have no primary sources of information.

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15:12-. President Raúl Castro, speaking with the U.S. Chargé d'affaires, requested more information regarding the alleged attacks, but the data provided was lacking in details and insufficient.

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15:10-. Rodríguez explains that in the face of the delayed and insufficient information provided to the Cuban authorities for the investigation, they requested futher information from the United States.

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15:10-. As the Foreign Ministry reported on August 9, as soon as the incidents involving diplomats and their families were reported, an investigation was launched by the Cuban state, new channels of communication were established, and a committee of experts was created.

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15:08-.Bruno Rodríguez recalls that Cuba has been a victim in the past of attacks on its diplomatic staff, but that the island complies with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

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15:08-. In his remarks to the press, Rodríguez explained that during his recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he warned against making hasty decisions and reiterated Cuba’s willingness to cooperate in clarifying the facts regarding these accusations.

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15:05-. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez notes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba protests and condemns this decision.

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15:05-. On September 29, the U.S. Secretary of State announced the decision to withdraw a number of U.S. diplomatic staff from Havana, following alleged attacks that their health.
On October 3, the U.S. decided that Cuban diplomats should be withdrawn from the island’s embassy in Washington.

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15:00-. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez begins by offering condolences to the victims of last Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas