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|Friday, March 09, 2001, updated at 15:55(GMT+8)|
Cuba Vows to Counter US over Human Rights in GenevaCuba has vowed to launch a political and diplomatic counterattack against the United States in April over human rights in the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
"In Geneva, we'll assert our concepts and viewpoints regarding the human rights situation," said Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque in a statement released Thursday.
While admitting that the voting in Geneva will be hard, Perez said: "We have our morals, truth and a spirit that means to wage a battle in defense of Cuba's dignity."
In the year 2000, the U.N. Human Rights Commission approved a resolution condemning Cuba over its human rights record.
This year, Cuba will present several initiatives regarding the human rights issue, one of which is the right to nutrition, which the United States has been opposing on several occasions, said the statement.
Perez, who returned Wednesday evening from a two-week five- nation Asian tour, stressed that human rights have become a political issue and frequently been used as a pretext for developed countries, especially the United States, to interfere in other countries' internal affairs.
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