Cuban Americans demand the U.S. to comply with the Vienna Convention

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Washington, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE) organization on Friday demanded the United States government to comply with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after the attack on the Cuban embassy in this capital.

The group, made up of Cuban Americans and Americans, recalled in a communiqué that in yesterday’s early hours the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. was the target of an attack by a man armed with an assault rifle.

The man opened fire outside the embassy, his bullets making holes in the walls and pillars near the main entrance. Fortunately, there was no loss of human life, the text indicates.

‘CAFE rejects the nature of such acts and demands an investigation by the United States government, as well as guarantees of protection for all Cuban diplomatic personnel in North American territory,’ the communiqué said.

It also calls on the administration and the Department of State to comply with the rules of the Vienna Convention, according to which ‘the receiving State shall treat consular officials with due respect and shall adopt all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on their person, freedom or dignity.’

The communiqué cites a statement by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who said that 12 hours after the event, the United States government had not contacted the island’s authorities with information about what happened or about an investigation.

The statement also indicates that this attack on the Cuban embassy is not an isolated event, and recalled events such as the death of Felix Garcia Rodriguez, a Cuban diplomat from the island’s mission to the United Nations who was shot in 1980 in the streets of Queens, New York, by members of the Cuban American terrorist organization Omega 7.

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