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#CubaNow Statement On State Sponsors of Terrorism Announcement

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

Apr 14, 2015

MIAMI – Ric Herrero, Executive Director of #CubaNow, issued the following statement following the news that the President has notified the U.S. Congress that based on findings from the Department of State, Cuba will be removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) in 45 days:

“We welcome the announcement that President Obama has accepted the State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. It had become increasingly apparent over recent years that Cuba's continued presence on the list was mainly due to domestic political pressure rather than factual findings by the State Department. By lifting the designation, the Administration has reaffirmed its commitment to modernizing U.S.-Cuba policy so that it better advances our national interests and responds to 21st century realities on the Island.

“Today’s announcement marks the lifting of an important barrier to change between our two nations, but its practical impact should not be overstated. Most of the sanctions associated with the State Sponsors of Terrorism designation are codified in our embargo laws, which continue to represent the most significant external obstacle for the Cuban people to fully benefit from the opportunities presented by access to the U.S. private sector. We call on the U.S. Congress to put an end to travel and trade restrictions toward the Island that inhibit the full force of American civil society from helping to empower the Cuban people.”