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Venezuela Denounces U.S. Inaction Against Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles

In the UN

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday denounced U.S. inaction against international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, reported Prensa Latina news agency. The Republic of Cuba also joined Venezuela in this denunciation.

The denunciation was made by the Venezuelan and Cuban permanent representatives to the UN, ambassadors Jorge Valero and Pedro Núñez, respectively, during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

The representatives of both countries reiterated their governments’ denunciation for the protection that Posada Carriles has received in U.S. territory. Furthermore, both ambassadors highlighted the long list of criminal acts committed by Posada, among them the bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner in 1976.

Ambassador Valero ratified Venezuela’s request for Posada’s extradition and insisted on the fact that the terrorist was arrested in Venezuela, and then escaped from prison to avoid being prosecuted for his crimes.

“Apart from being a criminal, he is a fugitive of Venezuelan justice who ought to be punished by the courts. Venezuela guarantees all the prerogatives for a free and fair trial,” said Valero.

The Venezuelan diplomat added that he was concerned about the fact that Posada was only facing minor immigration-related changes in the U.S. “instead of major crimes committed in Venezuela and other countries of Central America when he was working as a CIA agent of the U.S.”

Maria del Carmen Orellana, Counselor of the Cuban mission to the UN, said that the U.S. authorities have not charged Posada for terrorism, but just for entering the U.S. illegally. Moreover, Orellana assured that the U.S. administration had all the proof and information on Posada’s culpability for the bombing of the Cuban plane as well as the bomb attacks in several hotels in Havana in 1997.

The Cuban Counselor to the UN said that if the terrorist himself had confessed his horrible crimes, “What else is needed to act?” She demanded Posada be judged in the U.S. or sent to Venezuela, which formally requested his extradition on June 5, 2005.

Orellana denounced the irresponsible U.S. position regarding terrorism and urged Washington to liberate the five Cuban anti-terrorist heroes as well as to advance in cooperation on other issues.

Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office/May 12, 2010

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