European Union activates civil protection resource to send aid for fire in Matanzas

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The European Union activated civil protection mechanism to send aid to Cuba for the benefit of those affected by the fire at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

“After the activation by Cuba of the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union, an offer of medicines and medical items made by Spain will be deployed on Friday to help assist those affected. I express my solidarity with the victims. The EU is ready to help coordinate the response,” European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic reported on Twitter on Wednesday.

Lenarcic also posted on the network the message from the Embassy of Spain in Cuba, in which the diplomatic headquarters expresses its “deep sorrow for the Matanzas fire” and expresses its “solidarity with the victims and with the Cuban people.”

“In such a difficult situation, Spain will support by sending medicines and medical supplies,” the message added.

With this humanitarian aid from Spain, the Iberian country becomes the first to respond to the Civil Protection mechanism among the 27 member states of the European bloc, the official agency maintains on Wednesday Latin Press.

The Civil Protection mechanism allows coordination of aid in emergencies, an initiative applied more than 500 times since 2001, the aforementioned media also points out.

For its part, theJoe Biden Administration clarified this Tuesday that the Cuban government has not made a request for help from the United States for the fire at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

“We have had general discussions with the government of Cuba about this tragic disaster. However, the government of Cuba has not formally requested the assistance of the United States government,” a senior State Department official told reporters. CyberCuba.

The official explained that Washington is closely following the situation, including the humanitarian needs that may arise., at the same time that technical guidance was offered to the Cuban State.

“US firefighting experts with experience operating oil storage facilities have spoken with Cuban officials to offer technical advice,” the official said in a statement.

The State Department recalled that the embargo includes a general authorization for transactions related to humanitarian projects in or related to Cuba, and covers disaster preparedness, relief and response actions.

The declaration of the US government comes after exchanges between both parties since last Saturday in relation to the possibilities of assistance for the devastating fire that is already six days old at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

“The United States government offered condolences from Saturday, August 6 at noon via the State Department, which we directly and publicly thanked. It offered technical advice, which we also appreciated and accepted. There is frequent communication between the two governments. There are plenty of speculations” , acknowledged this Tuesday the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), Carlos Fernández de Cossío.

This Sunday, the affected area of ​​Matanzas began to arrive equipment and chemical products from Mexico and Venezuelain response to the request of international help and advice to control the fire What did the Cuban government do?

After that call, one of the first governments in the area to respond was that of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who initially referred to the dispatch of experts from the Petróleos de México group (PEMEX).

The help of Mexico and Venezuela, the most highlighted by the government of the islandcontinued to arrive that Sunday day, after the arrival of two new flights from Mexico and Venezuela to the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, in Varadero, with humanitarian aid destined to face the tragedy.

The aid included ten tons of foam, one of dry chemical powder and various equipment to support the work of extinguishing the fire in the industrial area.


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