Havana, Oct 19. -U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, known for her ties with Cuban-American terrorist groups based in Miami, said that the presence in the United States of the Cuban children's theater company La Colmenita undermines "U.S. foreign policy priorities and national security interests".
In a letter dated 17 October to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs complains that the State Department is "funding educational and cultural exchange programs with the Cuban regime that undermine U.S. foreign policy priorities and national security interests".
La Colmenita company, comprised of 22 children aged between 6 and 15 years, was invited to the United States by the Brownstone Foundation and the International Committee to free the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in that northern country since September 1998. The congresswoman demanded that Clinton supply the Committee on Foreign Affairs a detailed account of financing programs related to Cuba, and urged an end to all cultural and education exchanges with Cuba.
Ros-Lehtinen avoids mentioning La Colmenita director Carlos Alberto Cremata, son of one of the 73 victims of the explosion in midair of a Cuban airliner off the coast of Barbados in 1976, ordered by terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
La Colmenita group is scheduled to perform in U.S. schools and cultural centers, and will give a special performance at the UN headquarters in New York, just before the annual vote on the US blockade of the Caribbean nation at the international body. (Prensa Latina)