People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 21

June 02,2002

Colin Powell Admits That Bolton Lied


US Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted that Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton had lied.


According to a Notimex dispatch datelined Washington, May 13, US Secretary of State Colin Powell retracted “accusations that his government had made last week against Cuba regarding its alleged capacity for developing and transferring biological weapons.” Reuters, meanwhile, published that Powell appeared to distance himself from an accusation made last week by a US  official, saying that Cuba was developing biological weapons.


EFE agency reported that Secretary of State Colin Powell took “a step backwards in the accusations made by his government last week alleging that Cuba was carrying out biological weapons research.” It states that Powell “said nothing concerning Cuba’s alleged exportation of this type of technology to other countries.”


We should remember that the Under Secretary Bolton did not only say, “The United States believes that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort,” but also, “Cuba has provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states. We are concerned that such technology could support BW programs in those states.”


The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has, in a statement issued in Havana on May 14, 2002, declared that it is monstrously unjust that the scientific capacity of a small, underdeveloped country, blockaded for more than 40 years, created to fight not only for the health of its people, but also for that of other peoples of the world, should be utilised to accuse it of being a threat to the United States.


Bolton’s accusations constitute a malicious and perfidious action, an immoral and unjustifiable method, and a gross attempt to confuse and deceive the world through the use of cynical lies. Cuba never lies!, asserted the ministry of foreign affairs.


It appreciated Colin Powell’s effort to clarify what has occurred.