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Cuban Admits Funding Chilean Left

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

The former Cuban state prosecutor discussed the dictatorship's influence on the Chilean left in an interview with the national daily La Tercera, during a visit to Santiago to see his Chilean wife's family. Flores said his country had provided support to Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, a far-left group guilty of a number of high-profile assassinations in Chile in the 1970s and 1980s, including an attempt on the life of military dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

"I know we helped them, and we provided them with military training, and we have never denied this to anyone," he said.

"When Latin America, following orders from the United States, broke off relations with Cuba, we felt we had a free hand to take whatever attitude we wanted toward those countries that had turned their backs on us."

He denied that Cuba was behind the assassination in Chile of conservative Sen. Jaime Guzman in 1991, at a time when the two countries were negotiating reopening diplomatic relations.

"One principle of the Cuban revolution has been that we always meticulously respect all those countries, independent of their political and ideological position, that maintain relations with Cuba. And under the government of [President Patricio] Aylwin, there was a process of rapprochement. ... We had nothing to do with it [the assassination of Guzman]."

Flores denied recent suggestions that Cuban hard-liners were preparing to relocate to Chile in the event of a change of government in Cuba after the death of Castro. Some reports have even suggested that the former Cuban official already owns businesses in Chile, although he has said he is reliant on his Cuban pension and his wife's earnings as a doctor.

"Such ridiculous notions make me laugh. The Cuban revolution won't end with Fidel. Its roots are too strong," he said.

He was nicknamed "Pool of Blood" after sentencing about a hundred "counter-revolutionaries" to death after the Cuban revolution. He also served as ambassador to France, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Poland and Ecuador.

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