|U.S. Interests Section, Havana|
The six nations are part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas, ALBA by its Spanish initials.
The nations' respective foreign ministers asked USAID to cease operations in their countries in a June 21 statement released in Rio de Janeiro.
Cuba's Granma newspaper published the statement here, in Spanish.
The countries accuse USAID of interfering with their domestic affairs. They say that under the pretext of "planning and managing U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance in the world," USAID "funds non-government organizations, actions and projects aimed at destabilizing legitimate governments, which do not respond to its interests."
Critics of the Cuban government argue that the socialist government is not legitimate because it deprives people of basic freedoms. And they say Cubans can't change their own government without outside help.