The United States guarantees Israel official aid of $2.7 billion per annum

STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS


The United States guarantees Israel official aid of $2.7 billion per annum, of that total more than $1.6 billion in military hardware, and a further $1.5 billion in supposedly private funds. The combat planes and helicopters; aviation fuel; bombs, including the devastating GBU-28s; the missiles; the laser protection systems; satellites; armored tanks and land armaments with which this genocide is being committed, are all supplied by the United States.
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba expresses its most energetic condemnation of the cowardly, vile and criminal attack perpetrated on the Lebanese town of Qana by the Israeli government on July 30, 2006, in which at least 60 civilians were killed, including 34 children, 15 of them with physical and mental disabilities.

This barbarous act of state terrorism is part of the war of aggression unleashed by Israel on the Lebanon 23 days ago, which has already resulted in at least 900 civilians dead, more than 3,243 injured - one third of them children - more than one million displaced persons and which is causing enormous suffering to the defenseless population subjected to an ironclad aerial, naval and land blockade.

The aggressor has carried out thousands of air attacks, has dropped thousands of bombs on that little territory and has targeted civilian population concentrations in the cities of Beirut, Tyre, Baalbeck, Tripoli (north Beirut) and the Valley of Bekaa. The Palestinian refugee camps of Burch Al Barachne and Rashidieh were also attacked. Israeli land forces have intensified their actions.

Israel has bombarded electricity stations; food, dairy and textile plants; television and communication towers and transmitters; the road infrastructure including almost all bridges; radar installations; the principal Lebanese ports, fuel tanks and reserves; and Beirut international airport.

It would seem that UN observers were deliberately attacked despite that organization's many warnings.

The United States guarantees Israel official aid of $2.7 billion per annum, of that total more than $1.6 billion in military hardware, and a further $1.5 billion in supposedly private funds. The combat planes and helicopters; aviation fuel; bombs, including the devastating GBU-28s; the missiles; the laser protection systems; satellites; armored tanks and land armaments with which this genocide is being committed, are all supplied by the United States.

With the use of its veto, the U.S. government has prevented any action by the Security Council. Its public and criminal opposition to the demand for a ceasefire has aborted other peace initiatives.

With rare exceptions, the European Union has served as an accomplice and has accepted the bland statements imposed by the Empire on the other side of the Atlantic.

During these terrible days, the hypocritical and shameless policy of those who are cooperating and still maintaining a silence over the kidnapping in other countries, secret transfer and torture of detainees, has been literally laid bare. They are the same ones who are now trampling over international law, international humanitarian law and participating in the crime with their silence or omission.

The responsibility for the immune continuation of this savage aggression against the Lebanese civilian population, which constitutes an act of state terrorism, lies with the country that economically and militarily sustains the aggressor and those that act as servile vassals and accomplices.

Cuba is demanding an immediate cessation of this aggression and calls on the international community to mobilize in order to impose an immediate and unconditional ceasefire on the aggressor. The continuing destruction of a little country day after day and the massacre of its civilian population cannot be tolerated.

At this crucial time, Cuba reaffirms its total solidarity with the Lebanese people who, together with the heroic Palestinians and all the Arab peoples, are once again suffering the aggression of the Tel Aviv regime.

Havana, August 3, 2006



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