State Releases Sponsors-of-Terrorism Report

Friday, May 31, 2013
The U.S. State Department has just released its 2012 Country Reports on Terrorism ("Report").

The report lists Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that continue to provide support for international terrorism.

We commend the State Department for maintaining Cuba's dictatorship on this list.

However, we remain concerned that the Report does not include the hostage-taking of American development worker Alan Gross as an act of terror, as the Castro regime is clearly trying to coerce the U.S. to release (now four) Cuban spies in return; the Castro regime's close ties and intelligence sharing with other state-sponsors of terrorism, namely Syria and Iran; and its efforts to subvert democracy in Venezuela.

For more on these concerns, please see our recent White Paper here.

According to the State Department's Report:

Cuba was designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1982. Reports in 2012 suggested that the Cuban government was trying to distance itself from Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) members living on the island by employing tactics such as not providing services including travel documents to some of them. The Government of Cuba continued to provide safe haven to approximately two dozen ETA members.

In past years, some members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were allowed safe haven in Cuba and safe passage through Cuba. In November, the Government of Cuba began hosting peace talks between the FARC and Government of Colombia.

There was no indication that the Cuban government provided weapons or paramilitary training to terrorist groups.

The Cuban government continued to harbor fugitives wanted in the United States. The Cuban government also provided support such as housing, food ration books, and medical care for these individuals.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has identified Cuba as having strategic anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism deficiencies. In 2012, Cuba became a member of the Financial Action Task Force of South America against Money Laundering, a FATF-style regional body. With this action, Cuba has committed to adopting and implementing the FATF Recommendations.