HAVANA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's Foreign Affairs Ministry is pressing the United States to cease its covert anti-government activity, in the wake of yet another embarrassing revelation of a slipshod U.S. plot to undermine Havana.
"The government of the United States must cease once and for all its subversive, illegal and covert actions against Cuba," the ministry said in a statement dated Tuesday and published in national dailies Wednesday.
The U.S. schemes "violate our sovereignty and the express wishes of the Cuban people to perfect our economic and social model, and consolidate our democracy," the ministry added.
The statement, signed by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of the ministry's U.S. affairs section, came on the heels of an investigative report Monday by the Associated Press (AP) news agency, revealing that Washington has recruited youth from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Peru since 2009 to pose as tourists or AIDS activists in Cuba to sow political and social unrest.
The program was allegedly carried out by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which, under the guise of promoting development abroad, has been used to plant agents in developing countries.
"Once again the Cuban government's repeated denouncements of the U.S. government's continued subversive plots against Cuba have been confirmed," wrote Vidal, citing another AP-revealed USAID- backed scheme dubbed "Zunzuneo" to foment discontent via cellphone text messages.