Tehran, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to Iran, Vladimir González, accused today the United States of using a double standard in its alleged war on terror in the Middle East while supporting violent actions against Cuba. In an interview given to Iranian news agency Fars News, Gonzalez referred to the recently held international event for the release of three Cuban heroes unfairly held in U.S. prisons for preventing violent actions against their homeland.
The Cuban diplomat reviewed the situation in the Middle East and referred to the incapacity of Washington and its allies to eradicate terrorism through an international coalition launching air raids in Iraq and Syria against the extremist organization Islamic State (IS).
He said this is a ‘clear example of the double standard applied by the U.S. government that says to be fighting the scourge in that part of the world while three anti-terrorist Cuban fighters remain in prison in its territory.
The ambassador referred to Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino and Gerardo Hernandez, arrested in Miami in 1998 and given unfair, harsh prison sentences along with Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez in a trial full of irregularities. They are internationally known as The Cuban Five.
Rene and Fernando are back in Cuba after fully serving their sentences.
The Cuban diplomat referred to the causes of terrorism worldwide and the need to fight it in all its expressions, and he deplored that successive U.S. administrations have supported violent actions against Cuba, causing heavy human and material damages.
He also recalled that 38 years have passed since the horrific crime of the blowing up of a Cuban civil plane in mid-air in 1976 off Barbados, killing all 73 people on board, but the perpetrators were later sheltered in the United States and protected by the authorities, and they are still walking freely on the streets of Miami.