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Rusk Urges Vigilance on Cuba

Jan. 25, 1962 - Secretary of State Dean Rusk urged the conference of American foreign ministers in Uruguay today to adopt a plan “to guard our own continent” against the dangers of aggression from the Soviet bloc through a Cuban bridgehead. Mr. Rusk said that the plan would put Premier Fidel Castro, “a petty tyrant,” in his place. Most delegations voiced enthusiastic praise for Mr. Rusk’s proposals. The Cuban delegation, however, laughed loudly at the conclusion of Mr. Rusk’s address. Mr. Rusk’s plan calls for these steps:

1. Declaring the Cuban regime incompatible with the inter-American system.

2. Excluding Cuba from inter-American organizations.

3. Establishing a special security committee to study measures against aggression from the Soviet bloc.

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