Letter to the Chairman of U.S.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
October 31, 2004
Senator Richard G. Lugar.
Chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
It has been only a few months since we had the opportunity to meet with
you and your team at the offices of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations.
Our meeting was very productive and it was developed in a diaphanous
We discussed with you Senator Lugar, the need for the Foreign Relations
Committee to design a precise foreign policy towards the Republic of
Cuba. A policy that must serve as a guide for the Government and its
spokesman, the Department of State.
A policy well defined, without highs and lows and partisan shades, would
be a good answer in the case of Cuba. We talked widely of the present
situation of our political prisoners and of our people that deserve the
respect of democrats and republicans; we commented that this policy must
be separate from the political task of our community in this great
country. Our society is not able to understand why there are variations
in the political behavior and the actions taken towards Cuba depending
on the administration in charge; When Cuba continues to be the same
arbitrary government for more than forty-five years, the same government
that does not have, and never will have, democratic elections, the same
government that has not changed its strategy to export political
instability to the world and especially to Latin America. And since the
crisis of October it yearns to see democracy destroyed and especially
the individual and collective freedom of this country without
considering any administration.
Recently I had the opportunity to have a short meeting with the new
director of the C.I.A. Mr. Porter Goss. In that short encounter I
requested from him that from his new position he pay attention to the
government of Cuba, its sophisticated biotechnology laboratories, its
well-known passion to give arms and accessories to all enemies of this
country, and its unconditional support to terrorist and known
international delinquent groups, who find safe refuge on the island. I
stated the same to our friend Senator Pat Roberts who directs the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence (Intelligence Committee Chairman). It
is extremely important that the intelligence agencies feed accurate and
necessary information to the legislators; therefore the laws will be
just and effective. To not see the high degree of influence by Cuba in
the Governments of Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and even
Mexico is to try to cover the sun with a finger. Cuba uses all its
military, diplomatic and propagandistic apparatus to distort the truths
and to ruin the image of this country. In other words, Cuba meddles
openly in the internal matters of other countries in a decisive way to
attack the credibility of this country.
Whenever we have an opportunity, we ask our friends to support and help
us. We know, and experience has demonstrated that Fidel Castro protected
by the treaty of non-aggression signed by this nation and the ex- Soviet
Union feels safe, and in spite of maintaining a country hostage and
committing the most atrocious murders and violations of Human rights,
knows that he will never be attacked based on the previously mentioned
Recently the Secretary of State Colin Powell made alarming declarations
in his journey to Brazil: "Fidel Castro is a problem for the Cuban
people. I don’t view him as that much of a problem for the rest of the
hemisphere. Certainly not the way he was when I was National Security
Adviser- 15 years ago- when he really was”.
That the Secretary of State Colin Powell emits these unfortunate
declarations, show two basic issues, one is the total ignorance of what
Fidel Castro really is and the extent of his reach, and that there does
not exist a clear and defined policy towards Cuba to which to become
attached to from the legal point of view.
We do not ask the Government of the United States, or any other
government of the world to invade Cuba. We only request that they
fulfill the laws that are implemented and to maintain the same firm
decisions on every occasion. We ask in the name of the imprisoned Cuban
people to demonstrate good will exerting the international pressures
that cases like this merit, where the dictatorship is evident and the
Human rights violations are atrocious.
We observe with extreme sadness and misfortune as many politicians
manipulate and use our vote, and leave our hard-working, honest and
suffering community wrapped in miserable promises. The proof is that
after eleven administrations full of promises for the Cubans, the same
dictator remains in the Caribbean and nothing has changed. The only
thing that changes and exponentially is our country, more and more
impoverished, a people with less hope every day, less education and in
total information isolation.
Our President promised our community that he would get the signals of
radio and television to our country. Dear friend, Senator Dick G. Lugar,
you and I know that as soon as the people of Cuba have access to real
information and with it the truth, the days of the cruel dictatorship
will be numbered. Then why not implement the agreements made in a
country where supposedly the laws and agreements are fulfilled,
"Commando Solo" does not yet fly, simply some political interest will
not allow the Cuban people access to the truth and their freedom.
Dear friend Senator Richard G. Lugar, I formally request in the name of
Freedom and Democracy that the people of Cuba deserve a Formal audience
before the plenary session of the Committee of Foreign Relations. A
meeting with a select group of honest and worthy Cubans, to engage in a
dialog and to discuss frankly as friends the necessity for a constant
and stable policy to follow with regards to our country; so that
democrats as well as republicans can unite their efforts in the path to
implement effective rules that drive Cuba towards the group of free and
democratic nations of the world.
As always, my best wishes for you dear friend, Senator Richard G. Lugar.
Eng. César L. Alarcón.
C.C. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr
Ranking Minority Member of the Foreign Relations Committee