Roger Noriega, a senior professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, adds to his long record of attacks against Cuba in his June 4 letter.

It is obvious that Mr. Noriega is trying to eliminate all possibility of improving and strengthing the anti-drug cooperation between Cuba and the U.S. government, which will mainly benefit American families, victims of drug traffickers who see the United States as their principal market.

In 1998, during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba, Mr. Noriega -- with the support of the Cuban government -- had the opportunity to travel to Cuba to meet with all the persons he wanted, including Cuban government officials, which proved to him that Cuba has nothing to hide; on the contrary, it is ready and willing to increase bilateral collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking.

The U.S. Director of national drug policy, Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, has declared there is no evidence of Cuba being linked to drug smuggling; David Ridgeway, British ambassador to Cuba, stated that the level of cooperation with Cuba is excellent and that he is most pleased with the adequate use our country is making of the resources Britain has donated for the fight against drug smuggling. Twenty-one countries -- Canada, France and Mexico among them -- already have signed agreements with Cuba to increase the efficiency of our fight against that scourge of society.


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Cuban Interests Section