(EFE).- Cuban exile organizations demanded this Friday that the United States and the countries of the European Union (EU) take seriously the versions that China is going to establish an electronic espionage base in Cuba, despite the denials of the governments of both countries, and act against the island’s regime.
The Center for a Free Cuba, the Transatlantic Parliamentary Forum for a Free Cuba and the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance separately expressed their concern over the information that appeared this Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
Citing “US officials familiar with highly classified intelligence,” the newspaper indicated that there is a “secret agreement” for China to establish an electronic espionage facility in Cuba, something that the governments of the two countries flatly denied.
The secretariat of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Forum for a Free Cuba considered that this “would represent a significant threat to the national security of the United States and its allies in the Western Hemisphere” and a “geopolitical challenge.”
In a statement, the organization made up of European and American parliamentarians highlighted the “disastrous alliances” of the Government of Cuba with China, Russia and Iran and stressed that “the Cuban regime represents a threat to peace, security and stability in the hemisphere”.
“The United States, Canada and the European Union must cease the counterproductive negotiations without conditions that they maintain with the Cuban regime”
“The United States, Canada and the European Union must cease the counterproductive negotiations without conditions that they hold with the Cuban regime,” the forum said.
They should also “immediately activate their respective Magnitsky Sanctions Mechanism against those who hold power in Cuba” and “pressure the Cuban dictatorship to submit to the sovereign will of its citizens in a binding plebiscite that opens the way for democratic change in Cuba.” “, he added.
For its part, the Center for a Free Cuba requested in letters sent to the presidents and high-ranking members of the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and the House Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, to act “immediately before this plan goes forward.”
“At a minimum, all initiatives between Washington and Havana, including the closure of the US Embassy in Cuba, should be put on the table,” the letter states.
The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance (ARC) said that the organizations inside and outside Cuba that make it up are “united” before the information of a plan for a Chinese electronic espionage base.
“We have seen the information and it is incorrect, but we are certainly aware of the Chinese presence in the Western Hemisphere and we are deeply concerned.”
The US Executive expressed this Friday its concern about the military implications that the Chinese presence in the West may have, but reiterated that the information that Cuba has agreed to open a Chinese spy center on its territory is “incorrect.”
“We have seen the information and it is incorrect, but we are certainly aware of the Chinese presence in the Western Hemisphere and are deeply concerned by that unwelcome presence, particularly in regards to any projects that may have military implications,” the spokeswoman said. White House Deputy Olivia Dalton.
On Thursday, the Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, assured that the information in the New York newspaper is part of the “slander” and “fallacies” to justify the United States sanctions against Cuba and destabilize the island.
“We all know that spreading rumors and slander is a common tactic for the United States,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference.
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