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Friday, 16 February, 2001, 15:27 GMT
Cuba slams compensation of pilots' relatives

The authorities in Cuba have accused the United States of fostering terrorism by compensating the families of three pilots shot down by Cuba in 1996.

The head of Cuba's National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon, said the measure would stimulate further provocations against Cuba.

Earlier this week, the United States authorised the use of more than ninety-million dollars in Cuban assets frozen in the US to compensate the relatives of three Cuban-American pilots from the Florida-based group Brothers to the Rescue.

They died when a Cuban MIG fighter shot down their light planes over the Florida Straits.

Relatives of a fourth pilot killed in the incident didn't take part in the lawsuit as he was not a US national. Cuba says the two planes were shot in Cuban airspace, while the US and a United Nations panel said they were shot over international waters.

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