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#CubaNow Statement On Cuba's Official Removal From Terrorism List

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

May 29, 2015

MIAMI – Ric Herrero, Executive Director of #CubaNow, issued the following statement as the 45-day congressional notification period concluded that began with President Obama’s Certification of Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism:

“The end of the congressional notification period makes it official that Cuba is no longer on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, and that’s a welcome development. While there is much to criticize about the Cuban government’s repressive practices, it had become increasingly obvious in recent years that Cuba's listing on the terror list was the result of domestic political calculations rather than factual findings. By lifting the designation, a cloud is lifted that will make it easier for U.S. citizens and American businesses to embrace the new regulatory environment in support of the Cuban people.”

“It’s worth noting that isolation advocates were forced to abandon plans to challenge the rescission when they found they didn’t have the support in either party in Congress. Still, while new realities are taking hold in Cuba and in the United States, Congress must also play a constructive role and adapt to this new landscape. As we said when the certification of rescission was first sent to Congress, most of the sanctions associated with the list are codified in outdated embargo laws. In order for the Cuban people to fully benefit from the opportunities presented by access to the U.S. private sector, Congress must remove the significant obstacle of travel and trade restrictions. The American people can and should be the best ambassadors of our values and our principles, and it’s time to remove the barriers that keep them from helping to empower the Cuban people.”