The United States accepts that they do not know the explanation, nature or cause of the health problems reported by its diplomats

On May 29, 2018, the Embassy of the United States in Havana informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba that, on May 27, an official of that Embassy had reported health symptoms as a result of “undefined sounds” in her place of residence.

 Immediately, the Cuban Government gave top priority to the matter and officially requested the Diplomatic Mission of the United States that specialized medical doctors and investigators respectively, could interview said official. 

The thorough and urgent investigation carried out in the residence premises found no indication of any kind of sound capable of causing health damages. 

As in the cases reported before, the Cuban authorities and specialists have had no access to the official.

Cuba has reaffirmed publicly and officially its willingness to cooperate in earnest in the joint search for answers, the elucidation and solution to the alleged facts.  

After more than a year of research by the specialized agencies and experts from Cuba and the United States, it is confirmed that there is no credible hypothesis or conclusions adhered to science that justify the actions taken by the government of the United States against Cuba to the detriment of the bilateral relationship and with obvious political motivations. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also taken note of the announcement made by the Secretary of State, on the past June 5, about the establishment of a Joint Task Force to respond to what he characterized as "unexplained health incidents to the personnel stationed overseas", specifically in Cuba and the People’s Republic of China.  

The announcement states verbatim that “the precise nature of the injuries suffered by the affected personnel, and whether a common cause exists for all cases, has not yet been established”.  
Guarantying the health and security of Cubans and foreign citizens, has been, is and will be a priority that distinguishes the Cuban nation.  It is widely known that the Government rigorously complies with its responsibilities in the attention and protection of the Diplomatic Corps. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates that no evidence whatsoever has been presented of the alleged incidents and maintains its unwavering commitment to cooperate with the authorities from the United States to achieve the elucidation of this situation and the best medical attention to the persons concerned. 

Cuba is and will continue to be a safe, stable and attractive country.

Havana, June 10, 2018.

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Bolivia's Morales Slams 'Coup Attempts' by US, OAS in Venezuela

Evo Morales said he condemns U.S. coup attempts in Venezuela with the pretext of applying the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned Wednesday U.S. attempts at trashing the Bolivarian Revolutionary government of Venezuela .

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The head of state took to his official Twitter account, writing, “We condemn the coup attempt of #EEUU [U.S.] that seeks to force an intervention of the brother people of Venezuela with the excuse of applying Inter-American Democratic Charter of the #OAS.”

He also called out U.S. Vice President Mike Pence describing his request to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States, or OAS, during the organization's 48th General Assembly as being “undemocratic.”

Morales added that Pence's position was in direct “violation of the principles of sovereignty and non-interference” in the internal affairs of other countries.

He said the United States is using the application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS as a pretext to stir up regional support for a military intervention in Venezuela.

Apart from requesting Venezuela's suspension from the OAS, Pence also requested member countries impose new sanctions on the South American country

The Bolivian leader said he will not attend the OAS resolution that will start the process of suspending Venezuela from the organization. He argued that such a determination contravenes the principles of international law regarding the sovereignty of states.

Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, has repeatedly rejected constant aggression and interventionist measures spearheaded by the United States and its “junior partners” in the region, including, but not limited to, Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

On the other hand, Venezuelan authorities have argued that any attempt to suspend the country from the OAS is only an added provocation as the nation announced last year that it was leaving the regional bloc, a process that will be finalized in April 2019.

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MERCOSUR will Discuss Cultural Agenda in Paraguay

Asuncion, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Ministers and authorities of Culture of the countries of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) will meet from today in this capital to discuss and exchange ideas and projects in favor of cultural development in the region.

The organizers have scheduled for today and tomorrow the 46th Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), while the main conclave of the meeting, the 43rd Meeting of Ministers and Authorities of Culture, will take place on Friday 8.

This MERCOSUR entity promotes the cultural rights of citizens, generating policies that promote social inclusion through actions which allow cultural enrichment.

It also promotes cooperation at the regional level, carrying out joint projects and programs in the different sectors, promoting the spread of knowledge of the values and traditions of the States Parties, as well as the dissemination of the artistic and cultural expressions of the bloc.

Paraguay received the Pro Tempore Presidency (PPT) of Mercosur Cultural during the 42nd Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the regional bloc, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the end of 2017.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Condemns 'Illegal OAS Resolution'

Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, condemned on Tuesday the illegal resolution approved during the session of the Organization of American States.

"Venezuela absolutely rejects the decisions that have been taken today by those 19 countries and we guarantee that we are going with our people to face our difficulties and we will solve our problems among Venezuelans without their interventions and interventionism in our country, Venezuela is free and sovereign," said the Venezuelan minister.

During the OAS session, Arreaza affirmed that Venezuela voluntarily withdrew from the organization because it does not help the peoples of the Americas, "as it has been demonstrated today and what it does is to generate conditions for interventionism and interference to violate public international law. "

The Venezuelan leader also stated in response to efforts to force Venezuela to accept humanitarian help, "The U.S. says that they are going to send humanitarian help to Venezuela. But they are not even able to help Puerto Rico, why would they help Venezuela?

Also, the Venezuelan official called for the lifting of sanctions and the unlocking of the nation's funds, and not for more sanctions to be imposed. "We are concerned that we Venezuelans organize ourselves democratically to solve our problems (...) Lift the sanctions against Venezuela and will be able to get ahead with our own resources," Arreaza said.

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Nearly 80% of Venezuelans Want Peace Talks to Resume

A national survey says 79% of the Venezuelan population want the government and opposition to resume peace talks, with the Pope as mediator.

Nearly 80 percent of the Venezuelan population wants a return to peace talks between the government and opposition.

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According to the Hinterlaces, a Venezuelan polling company, 79  percent of the 1,580 people questioned, 79 percent of them think the peace talks called by President Nicolas Maduro are important for the nation’s economy and overall stability.

The information is based on the question posed to those surveyed between April 25 and May 11 - prior to the nation’s general elections - "Do you agree or disagree that dialogue should continue between the national government and the opposition no matter who wins the presidential elections?"

Incumbent Maduro handily returned as head of state by taking 67.7 percent of the popular vote on May 20.  

Seventy-nine of those asked said ‘yes’, while 19 percent said ‘no’ to the proposal. Nearly the same percentage - 75 to 21 - said they wanted to see the talks mediated by an international representative.

The previous talks, which ended last February with the opposition refusing to sign the agreement they had worked on for months with the government, if not years, was mediated by current and former leaders of Spain and the Dominican Republic, where the talks took place. Over 80 percent of those surveyed said Pope Francis should be the lead mediator.  

Over the weekend, the administration released a second group of opposition activists who were awaiting trial in connection with violent protests that killed nearly 200 people between 2014 and 2017. Their release was a concession the opposition wanted to be met as part of the dissolved talks it leaders stepped away from.  

The Venezuelan government announced this week that the second round of talks will begin this week this time with community leaders, workers, rural farmers, academics, youth leaders and teachers with the intent to address the country’s economic model.

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Venezuela Prepares Solidarity Aid for Cuba

The Venezuelan government is coordinating the sending of aid to the Cuban people affected by inclement weather in recent days.

President Nicolas Maduro directed Executive Vice President, Tarek El Aissami, to coordinate aid for the Cuban people affected by heavy rains and floods caused by subtropical storm Alberto.

'I want to support the Cuban people from here, they have faced storms and rains in this season. (Cuba) Always with our solidarity, I ratify the active and living solidarity,' the president said.

These statements took place as part of a meeting with Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, who carried out a fruitful visit to the homeland of Simon Bolivar yesterday.

During a meeting at the Miraflores Palace, seat of government, the delegations led by both leaders reviewed the existing cooperation agreements and advocated for expanding it to other sectors, including tourism and agriculture.

According to the Cuban president, his visit to Venezuela was to strengthen relations of brotherhood between the Cuban Revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution and deepen bi-national cooperation, for the welfare of the peoples.

On his first visit abroad, after being elected President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba, on April 19, Diaz-Canel visited the National Pantheon and participated in a solemn session at the National Constituent Assembly ( ANC).

He also toured the Bolivar Square in Caracas and shared with members of the Cuban Medical Mission in Venezuela.

Diaz-Canel met with President Nicolas Maduro in the afternoon at the Miraflores Palace, where he received the Liberators class of the Order.

Then, he visited the Mountain Barracks, where he laid a white rose at the tomb of Commander Hugo Chavez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and promoter of the solidarity policy among the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Cuban President pays tribute to Simon Bolivar

Cuba´s president Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute in Caracas to Simon Bolivar as part of his official visit to Venezuela.

Accompanied by Tareck El Aissami, Venezuelan executive vice president, Diaz-Canel laid a wreath before the sarcophagus that keeps Bolivar´s mortal remains, in the National Pantheon, where he also signed the visitors' book.

Previously, upon arrival at Simon Bolivar International Airport, the Cuban leader sent a message of solidarity to the people and government of Venezuela.

I bring a fraternal and supportive message from the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raul Castro, and from the Cuban people for the Venezuelan government and people, President Nicolas Maduro and for the civic-military union, Diaz-Canel said.

According to Prensa Latina news agency, the head of state reiterated the recognition and congratulations to his Venezuelan counterpart for the overwhelming success achieved with the victory in the May 20 elections.

Diaz-Canel will have a broad agenda that includes a meeting with Maduro at the Miraflores palace, will go to the Montaña Barracks, in Caracas, where are kept the remains of Hugo Chavez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, and will also pay a visit to a comprehensive health center, also in the capital of the South American nation.

The Cuban delegation is also made up by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra; the ambassador in that country, Rogelio Polanco; and the director for South America department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pedro Pablo Prada.

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Diaz-Canel visits Venezuela, first trip as Cuban leader

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday on his first foreign visit as president ahead of talks with President Nicolas Maduro.

"Very happy to be in Venezuela and long live the Bolivarian revolution and also long live President Maduro," Diaz-Canel said on arrival at Caracas' Maiquetia airport.

He described Maduro's victory in an election boycotted by the main opposition as an "overwhelming success."

He said he was bringing "a fraternal and supportive message from Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, and from the Cuban people."

It is Diaz-Canel's first foreign visit as Cuban president since succeeding Castro on April 19.

Maduro visited Cuba on April 20.

Diaz-Canel is expected to visit the tomb of late president Hugo Chavez, who forged close ties with Fidel and Raul Castro during his 1999-2013 presidency, which included supplying cheap oil to the Communist-ruled island.

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