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CUBA REJECTS INCLUSION ON TERROR LIST.

Cuba rejected its inclusion on a U.S. list of countries that support terrorism, accusing the U.S. of trying to create "the right conditions" to invade, reports AP (May 8, 2003). Cuba was one of seven countries that remained on a U.S. State Department list of nations that sponsor terrorism. The other countries named in a report were Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. But U.S. officials say Iraq is likely to be removed now that President Saddam Hussein has been deposed. "Cuba condemns all acts, methods and practices of terrorism," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement published in the Communist Party daily newspaper Granma. "The government of the United States has never, and will never, prove Cuba's participation in any terrorist acts." The U.S. State Department report accused Cuba of sending agents to U.S. missions around the world to provide "false leads designed to subvert the post-Sept. 11 investigation." It also said Cuba continued to host many terrorists and U.S. fugitives, including 20 Basque separatists from Spain.

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