January 21, 1998
Berit and Christian Lovschall
Dear Berit and Christian Lovschall:
On January 6, 1998, the Cuban "charge' d'affaires" in Copenhagen
presented to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a note in Spanish,
from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as an answer to the Danish
note from August 1, 1997, regarding the murder of your son.
The following are the main contents of the note:
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs begins by saying that the
background for the regrettable accident was your son's invasion of an
area which is classified, by the Cuban Ministry of Defense, as an
extremely sensitive military area. The guards in charge have orders to
protect this area. The sidewalk your son was on lies within this area,
which is marked by signs.
Furthermore, it says that your son ignored both of the guard's loud
shouts of warning, as well as the warning shot fired by one guard.
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the bullets were not
fired singly, but in a volley, a result of an inappropriate handling of
the weapon. It was not the guard's intention to kill, but to prevent a
presumed act of aggression. The guard's purpose in what he did was to
stop the invader's further advance. This was in accordance with current
Other conditions contributed to this regrettable development, including
that the incident took place late at night, and that your son was
In light of the mentioned facts, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
does not feel that the matter can be treated in the usual manner, but
must be regarded as one individual case. The Cuban authorities feel that
if the already mentioned factors had not played a part, the unfortunate
could have been avoided.
After an analysis and evaluation of the matter, the Cuban authorities
have instituted measures to improve the Cuban Ministry of Defense's
security systems, and remove the factors which gave rise to the
The note ends with the Cuban authorities expressing their deep sympathy
regarding the unfortunate incident, and their promise of continued
willingness in exchanging viewpoints about the incident.
On behalf of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would like to
offer our continued assistance, if we can be of help. As the new office
manager for the Consulate office, I also express my deep sympathy.
Sincerely, Eva Janson
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Asiatisk Plads 2
DK-1448 Kobenhavn K
Tlf.: +45 33 92 00 00 - Tlgr.adr.: Etrangeres
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