Cuba says: "Canada's
decision made public today
Statement by the Cuban Ambassador to
Canada, Josefina Vidal January 30, 2019
Cuba understands the obligations of the government of Canada
to protect its diplomatic personnel posted anywhere in the world
and to try to find answers to the health symptoms reported in
Cuba, however, it considers that Canada´s decision made public
today is incomprehensible.
Cutting Canada´s staff at its Embassy in Cuba and adjusting
the mission´s programs are actions that do not help find answers
to the health symptoms reported by Canadian diplomats, and
which will have an impact on the relations.
This decision contrasts with the level, status and presence of
Canadian diplomatic staff in other world capitals where they do
not enjoy as much safety, tranquility, good health situation, and
hospitality as in Cuba.
This behavior favours those who in the United States use this
issue to attack and denigrate Cuba. It is well known that some
individuals with high-level positions within US foreign policy
are trying very hard to create a climate of bilateral tension
seeking to portray our country as a threat.
Since the Canadian Embassy reported the first case, Cuba
has offered to cooperate and has worked together with
numerous entities in the Canadian government; it has
requested information and
has provided all evidence
available; and has put at
their disposal the best
Cuban experts in the most
During the exchanges
that had been held, it has
become clear that there
is no evidence that might
reveal any brain damage, or
that may explain the varied
symptoms reported, or that
may indicate that these
symptoms had occurred due
to the stay of the affected
diplomats in Cuba.
The symptoms reported
are varied, with a common
denominator which is that
they are difficult to measure or verify through technical means.
Unfortunately, the decision made by the Canadian government
fuels speculation and contrasts with the exchanges held by both
parties on the matter.
Despite Canada´s government decision, Cuba remains
committed to keeping the good state of bilateral relations and
strengthening the links with a country with which we keep
strong bonds of friendship and cooperation.