Sen. Marco Rubio: Cuba belongs on State Sponsors of Terrorism List

John Hudson in Foreign Policy:

Rubio: Cuba belongs on the ‘state sponsors of terrorism’ list

In the face of mounting calls to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FLA) defended Foggy Bottom’s recent decision to keep Cuba on the list, in a statement to The Cable.

“The Castro regime sponsors terrorism abroad and against their own people, and removing a country from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism requires evidence of reform,” Rubio said. “We have not seen such evidence in Cuba.”

In its annual Country Reports on Terrorism released last week, the State Department acknowledged that some conditions on the island were improving, but maintained three reasons for keeping Cuba on the list: Providing a safe haven for some two dozen members of Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), a Spanish rebel group charged with terrorist activity; providing aid to Colombia’s rebel group the FARC “in past years” — Cuba no longer supports the group today; and providing harbor to “fugitives wanted in the United States.”

“It remains clear that Cuba is the same totalitarian state today that it has been for decades,” Rubio told The Cable. “This totalitarian state continues to have close ties to terrorist organizations.”

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