Cuban Diplomats Withdrawn from Libya
News from Cuba | Saturday, 3 September 2011
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn its diplomatic staff in Libya, where foreign intervention and NATO's military aggression have intensified the conflict and have prevented the Libyan people from moving towards a negotiated and peaceful solution, in the full exercise of its self-determination.
According to an official note by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the Republic of Cuba does not recognize the National Transition Council or any other provisional authority, and will only acknowledge a government constituted in that country in a legal way and without foreign intervention, by way of the free, sovereign will of the fraternal people of Libya.
Ambassador Victor Ramirez and First Secretary Armando Perez, accredited to Tripoli, have maintained an exemplary conduct, strictly attached to their diplomatic status, have run risks, and accompanied the Libyan people in this tragic situation. They have witnessed NATO's bombings over civilian objectives and the death of innocent people, the note continues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands the immediate cessation of NATO's bombings which continue killing people, and reiterates the urgency for the Libyan people to be allowed to find a peaceful and negotiated solution, without foreign intervention, in the exercise of its inalienable right to independence and self-determination, to sovereignty over its natural resources, and to the territorial integrity of that fraternal nation, adds the text.
Cuba denounces that NATO's behavior is aimed at creating similar conditions for an intervention in Syria and demands the end of foreign interference in that Arab country. It calls upon the international community to prevent a new war, urges the United Nations to do its duty of safeguarding peace, and supports the right of the Syrian people to full independence and sovereignty, concludes the official note by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.