People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
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.
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
It appreciated Colin Powell’s effort to clarify what has occurred.