Ministry of Foreign
THE government of the Republic of
Cuba strongly condemns the parliamentary coup d’état
against the constitutional President Fernando Lugo
and the sister people of Paraguay.
This coup is added to the long list
of attacks on the self-determination of Latin
American peoples, orchestrated by oligarchies with
the instigation, complicity or tolerance of the
United States government.
Cuba condemns the fact that, after
decades of bloody military dictatorships which
murdered hundreds of thousands of persons and
practiced state terrorism and torture with impunity,
this violent, anti-democratic strategy has returned,
using classical as well as new methods, in the
military and subsequent oil industry coups against
the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela; the
destabilizing and secessionist attacks in the
Plurinational State of Bolivia; the military coup
against the progressive government in Honduras; and
the attempted coup against the Citizens’ Revolution
Acts such as these are an attempt to
halt the process of progressive change and genuine
Latin American-Caribbean integration developing
throughout Our America.
The Cuban government declares that
it will not recognize any authority whatsoever that
is not based on a legitimate vote and the exercise
of sovereignty by the Paraguayan people.
At the same time, Cuba will maintain
its strictly humanitarian medical collaboration,
serving the population of the country. The María
Auxiliadora Ophthalmology Center, which has helped
18,000 Paraguayans recover or improve their vision,
will, therefore, continue its work as long as
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Havana,
June 23, 2012.