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U.S. Raps Cuba on Its Presence Abroad

The State Department is accusing Cuba of training Colombian rebels and says it is troubled by a large presence of Cuban personnel in Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, is a close ally of Cuban President Fidel Castro. The department’s view was outlined in response to a press question Friday about Secretary of State Colin Powell’s comments in an agency interview that Castro is “causing his own people to suffer greatly” and has become a troublemaker in the neighboring South American countries. Elaborating Friday night on Powell’s remarks, a State Department official said in an authorized comment that the United States continues to be concerned by Cuba’s support for terrorist organizations in Colombia. It said the two largest leftist guerrilla organizations there, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, continue to maintain a presence and receive training in Cuba. Both are on the State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations. Full Story

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