Cuban Foreign Ministry rejected today statements made by U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the beginning of his tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, describing them as a message of arrogance and disdain.
'The Ministry of Foreign Relations alerts on the severity of the message of arrogance and disdain with which the Secretary of State of the United States started a tour to several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean', it is said in a declaration of that official entity.
According to his words, published today in Granma daily, Tillerson said on February 1, the eve of his trip to the region, disturbing and interfering declarations that openly call to overthrow, by any means possible, the legitimate government of Venezuela.
Those words are also directed to undermine the unanimous rejection of the región to the setback and harshening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, who have the purpose of harming the economy and Cuban people to try put the country on its knees, highlights the Foreign Ministry.
The declarations of the U.S. Secretary of State are clearly following the scheme of regime-changing that has taken the lives of millions of innocent victims in several parts of the world and promoted violence, war, humanitarian crisis and instability, showing their failure, it adds.
Later on it highlights that the U.S. government does not recognize this is a region committed to the defense of peace, as it became consecrated in Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as Zone of Peace, signed by heads of State and Government in Havana, January 29, 2014, during the 2nd Summit of Clacs (Celac).
According to secretary Tillerson, 'In the history of Venezuela and in fact, the history of other Latin Anerican and South American countries, frequently are the military (who) take care of this, when things are so bad off that military leaders become aware they can no longer respond to citizens and they lead a pacific transition. If this is the case or not, I do not know'.
In his speech before starting his Latin American and Caribbean tour, the head of diplomacy of the government of Donald Trump defended the principles of the famous doctrine that established as policy that America is the U.S. backyard, by declaring that 'sometimes we forget the importance of the Monroe Doctrine and what it means to our hemisphere, making it as relevant now as when it was written', denounced the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
'His words are clearly a call to â€˜change of regime'. In his instructions to the region, Tillerson went so far as to suggest that president Nicolas Maduro should abandon his post as head of State democratically elected by an undisputable majority of votes.
'In his speech, he returns to the failed conditionings to Cuba, without any moral authority, to meddle in Cuban internal affairs, criticizing our next election process, changes that are acceptable to the United States, it highlights.
'With his statements, the high official of the U.S. government, adds a new act to what has been a patron of successive outrages in the history of domination of our region and ratifies the sustained disdain with which the government of president Donald Trump has inequivocally referred to the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, whose peoples it discredits every time he has the chance.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Cuba condemns today in its declaration 'this new aggression against Cuba and Venezuela, after the recent disrespectful declarations of President Trump in his speech on the State of the Union'.
'Before starting off in his imperialist tour, the Secretary of State announces that 2018 will be the year of the Americas and it is clear it will try to encourage division and submission among the Latin American governments.
'By so doing, it will stumble on the rejection inspired by his announcements and with the dignity of the peoples of the region, who carry in their memories the hundred thousands of dead and disappeared persons by military dictatorships sponsored by the United States and which Secretary Tillerson encourages to reissue'.
It is outrageous and unacceptable that the U.S. Secretary of State calls openly to a coup d'état in Venezuela, prodding unstability , the overthrowal of democratically elected governments and violence, affirms Cuban Foreign Ministry.
'It is obvious and deplorable that the president of the United States nor his Secretary of State know Latin America and the Caribbean. Ours has been a continent submitted to the humiliating dominion of the U.S., interested in only extracti9ng its resources in an unequal relation. But Our Amnerica has awakened and will not easily be put on her knees' highlights the declaration dated today in Havana. / PL