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Cuba communicates decision on

Posted June 16, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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STATEMENT FROM MINREX | [url=http://www.Granma.com]http://www.Granma.com[/url]

In a just tribute to one of the greatest Spanish poets and dramatists, brutally sent to the firing squad by fascism in 1936, the institution is to become the Federico García Lorca Cultural Center. From now on, under Cuban administration, the center will be totally dedicated to promoting the finest values of Spanish culture in our country.

IN a verbal note to the Spanish embassy yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) communicated the decision of the Cuban government to proceed to annul the formal establishment of the Spanish Cultural Center in Havana, signed on May 16, 1995, and the Additional Protocol to the agreement, signed on September 18, 2002. With this step, Cuba is making effective its decision to suspend the validity of the agreement that gave rise to the center.

The agreement signed by both governments established that the center was created to represent the finest values of Spanish culture “on the basis of respect for Cuba’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs.”

However, as the June 11 MINREX statement noted, far from promoting Spanish culture in our country – the objective for which it was created – the Spanish Cultural Center has maintained a program of activities unrelated to its original function, in open defiance of Cuban laws and institutions and in flagrant violation of the terms of the terms of the Agreement and Additional Protocol, which established:

“The Spanish party commits itself to observing laws, regulations and other norms in force in the Republic of Cuba and not to utilize the Cultural Center’s institutions for ends other than those for which it was created.”

The current headquarters of the Spanish Cultural Center, known as the Cariátides Palace – a national heritage site and the property of the Cuban state – is to become the Federico García Lorca Cultural Center in a just tribute to one of the greatest Spanish poets and dramatists, brutally sent to the firing squad by fascism in 1936. From now on, under Cuban administration, the center will be totally dedicated to representing the finest values of Spanish culture in our country.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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