Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cuban diplomat: Alan Gross carried out "covert activities"

Cuban Interests Section, Washington, D.C.
José Ramón Cabañas, chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C., sent the following letter today to several American lawmakers.

November 28, 2012

Honorable Senator ___________ ,

I am writing to you in relation to the letter dated September 24, 2012, signed by you, which was addressed to our President, Raúl Castro Ruz, regarding the Alan Gross case.

I wish to assure you that the Cuban Government is sensitive to the humanitarian concerns associated to this case and has expressed to the Government of the United States its willingness to find a reciprocal humanitarian solution that would also take into account highly sensitive humanitarian concerns of utmost importance for Cuba and its people.

To demand from and hope for the Cuban Government to take the unilateral decision of releasing Mr. Gross without giving any consideration whatsoever to the legitimate concerns of our country is not a realistic approach. Mr. Gross violated Cuban laws by carrying out covert activities aimed at destabilizing Cuba and subverting Cuba’s constitutional order, for which he was paid hefty amounts of money by virtue of a contract that was funded by the US Government. These actions are considered illegal not only in Cuba but also in many other countries, including the United States.

I can assure you that the health condition of Mr. Gross is normal for a person who suffers from chronic illnesses that are typical of his age, which are receiving adequate treatment. I wish to inform you that a biopsy of the lesion that Mr. Gross has behind his right shoulder was performed on October 24 last, which confirmed that said lesion is not carcinogenic. The biopsy tested negative for neoplastic cells and it was confirmed that the lesion is made up by isolated muscle cells and extensive areas of red blood-cells that could be associated to a hematoma. This test could not be performed before due to Mr. Gross’s refusal. Mr. Gross maintains a systematic physical exercise regime on a voluntary basis and eats a balanced diet that includes foods of his choice, which has allowed him to get rid of his former obese condition. His body weight is normal.

Hereby enclosed there is additional information about Cuba’s stand regarding the case of Mr. Gross. Also enclosed is a summary information on the case of the Five Cubans who remain unjustly imprisoned or retained in the United States, in respect of whom Cuba has legitimate humanitarian concerns.

I would like to reiterate to you our government’s full willingness to establish a dialogue with the United States Government to find a solution to the case of Mr. Gross.


José Ramón Cabañas
Chief of the Cuban Interests Section
in Washington D.C.

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