DeLauro: Cuba is not a terrorist country; Let's end the embargo

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a part of Shelton, is applauding the U.S. State Department’s reported recommendation to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba has been on the list since 1982. In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has begun the process of trying to normalize relations between the United States and its Communist neighbor to the south.

In making its recommendation on the terrorism list, the State Department has certified that Cuba has not harbored or supported terrorist for at least six months.

“The world is a very different place today than it was 33 years ago when Cuba was first added to the list, and the time has long past for us to move beyond failed policies that do nothing to advance U.S. interests in the region,” said DeLauro, a Democrat in her 13th term.

‘Credibility and leadership’

“The real cost and consequence of keeping Cuba on the list, given that the State Department has found no evidence that Cuba sponsors terrorist, is our credibility and leadership internationally,” DeLauro said.

“Branding Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism forces us to divert precious resources from countries and regions where counter-terrorism efforts are critical, and it is yet another barrier to solving real issues through full diplomatic engagement with the Cuban government directly,” she said.

Wants the embargo removed

DeLauro has been a longtime proponent of ending the current trade embargo with Cuba, and has visited the Caribbean island nation many times. She is a member of the bipartisan Cuban Working Group.

“I am pleased that the [Obama] administration is taking steps to normalize relations and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Congress to remove the embargo,” she said.

Shelton has two congressional districts

DeLauro represents the Third Congressional District, which includes a part of Shelton and most of the greater New Haven region. She lives in New Haven and was first elected in 1990.

Most of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich. Himes was first elected in 2008. His district includes most towns in Fairfield County.