Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected Cuban charges that it was a “lackey” of
the United States for offering political asylum to 29 Cubans being held at the
US base in Guantanamo Bay.
Foreign Ministry firmly rebuffs the Cuban criticism aimed at Hungary and the
derogatory tone of the statement from Havana,” the ministry said in a statement
on its website.
Wednesday branded Hungary a lackey of its “powerful and aggressive master”
after the government decided to grant asylum to most of a group of 44 Cubans
who tried to escape from the communist island.
government of Hungary is acting as an accomplice to the Empire…while Cuba
resists the Empire and despises the lackey,” Reuters cited a Cuban Foreign
Ministry statement as saying.
to Cuba, both Washington and Budapest are well aware that the Cubans émigrés
were economic migrants – not members of the opposition escaping persecution as
reported in Hungary.
ministry said it had accepted the migrants mainly for humanitarian reasons and
17 of the migrants called off hunger strikes when Hungary last week announced
its decision. The émigrés have yet to arrive in Hungary and it is not yet clear
when they will do so.
topped off the tirade by berating Hungary for its treatment of the Roma
minority, saying it should concentrate on treating them like human beings
rather than granting asylum to illegal Cuban émigrés.
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry, however, said it
was ready to continue normal diplomatic relations with Cuba.