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CRS Report: Cuba and the State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Author: Mark P. Sullivan
May 13, 2005

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Cuba remains on the State Department's terrorism list with five other countries:
Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. According to the State Department's
Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 (issued in April 2005), Cuba's actions and
public statements run contrary to the spirit of the UN conventions on terrorism that
it has signed.

Cuba's retention on the terrorism list has received more attention in recent years
in light of increased support for legislative initiatives to lift some U.S. sanctions
under the current economic embargo. Should U.S. restrictions be lifted, a variety of
trade and aid restrictions would remain in place because of Cuba's retention on the
terrorism list.

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