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Chileans in Chicago fear for loved ones after earthquake

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Chicagoans with connections to Chile were plagued by uncertainty today after reports of hundreds of deaths in an earthquake that hit the South American country early this morning.
Silvia Cerda, who owns the Chilean Rapa-Nui Restaurant in Chicago's Old Irving Park neighborhood with her son and daughter-in-law, said she was up all night trying to contact her husband, daughter and two other sons, who live in Santiago, the country's capital.
"I don't know where my heart is, in my chest or in my back," said Cerda, 67, her eyes welling with tears.
An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country this morning, setting off a tsunami that hit Hawaii today -- although one expert said the islands "dodged a bullet" and were not hit as hard as once feared possible.
According to the AP, the quake hit 197 miles southwest of Santiago, and at a depth of 36.9 miles at 3:34 a.m. local time (12:34 a.m. CST). The U.S. Geological Survey had initially reported the quake was 8.3 magnitude, but later revised the estimated magnitude to 8.8.
About 6 million people live in the metropolitan Santiago area, according to some estimates. Some buildings in the capital collapsed, the AP reported. Hundreds of people were reported to have lost their lives.
Cerda learned of the earthquake about 12:30 a.m. when she turned on TV Chile. Her first thought was to book a flight to her homeland, but she realized the airport had closed.
"It was just fear. I knew I could not do anything," she said this afternoon.
ChilereaxThis200.jpgCerda's son Eddy, also in Chicago, was watching a Chilean TV show when it was interrupted by breaking news about the earthquake. He stayed up watching the news, waiting for morning before telling his wife. She has family in Curico, which is south of Santiago, much closer to the epicenter and has been badly damaged by the earthquake.
"My daddy, I thought. He's in his 80s," said Orietta Lippians, 40. Lippians later told WGN-TV that she reached her father, who is OK and working to repair his home.
They've been able to contact some family members through Facebook, but Cerda won't rest until she gets her children on the phone.
"It will assure me that they are OK," she said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning -- its highest alert -- for Hawaii, Chile and Peru, Guam, American Samoa and dozens of other Pacific Islands. It also released a less-urgent tsunami watch for California and portions of Alaska.
The U.S. west coast tsunami warning center said it did not expect a tsunami along the west of the U.S. or Canada but was continuing to monitor the situation.
Follow updates at chicagotribune.com. Click here for live streaming television reports from Chile.
-- Alejandra Cancino and the Associated Press

Iran, Israel Hold Secret Nuclear Talks In Cairo: Haaretz

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A representative of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and a senior Iranian official met last month to discuss the chances of declaring the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, Haaretz has learned. This is the first direct meeting between official representatives of the two states since the fall of the Shah in 1979.
The Iranian Atomic Organization on Thursday denied that officials from Israel and Iran recently took part in the Cairo conference, calling the report "sheer lies."
"There has been no meeting in Cairo," the IAEO spokesman told the website of iRAN'S state television.

Haaretz learned that Meirav Zafary-Odiz, director of policy and arms control for the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, and Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met several times over September 29 and 30 and, together with representatives of other countries, conversed, presented questions and gave replies.
The meeting was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo under the auspices of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. Also attending were representatives of the Arab League, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, along with European and American officials.
The ICNND was set up by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and it is chaired by a former foreign minister of Australia, Gareth Evans, and a former foreign minister of Japan, Yoriko Kawaguchi. Former foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami sits on the advisory committee of the organization.


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Source: The Militant
May 28, 2001
Vol.65/No.21 
 
Fidel Castro in Iran: 'The shah of imperialism will fall too'
 
BY MA'MUD SHIRVANI 

Cuban president Fidel Castro made a state visit to Iran May 6–10 on the invitation of President Mohammad Khatemi. He was welcomed to the country by the president and had well-publicized meetings with Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, head of state; the former president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani; and other high-level officials of the Iranian government. While in Iran he also spoke at two universities in Tehran.
The Cuban president told an enthusiastic student audience at the University of Tehran that "imperialism was the greatest danger and the enemy of the world," according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
In the speech, Castro saluted the Iranian people for their courage and heroic self-sacrifice during the 1979 revolution that overthrew the U.S.-backed shah (king) of Iran. He said, "You were able to overthrow the biggest gendarme in the region not with guns, but with your ideas, culture, and patriotism," ISNA reported.
"One shah still remains in the world," Castro told the students. "That is the shah of imperialism which is entrenched near my homeland. It is an exploiting shah that wants to impose its system on the entire world and drag it into oppression," he said, as reported in the Tehran daily Kayhan, May 10. "But as the shah of Iran was overthrown, this shah too will fall!" Castro said.

"We are confronting a great power that despite having all the mass media under its control and having superior economic and military power, has nevertheless been defeated in the ideological and moral fight with our people," Castro said. He also emphasized, "We should differentiate between the American people and their government."
Seven hundred students listened to Castro's speech at the University of Tehran auditorium while many more who could not get in stood outside watching on closed-circuit television. The speech, centered on explaining imperialist exploitation of Third World countries, was interrupted by standing ovations and shouts of "Fidel!, Fidel!"
Before coming to speak at the university Castro was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Tarbiate-Modarres (Teacher Education) University in acknowledgment of his contributions over more than four decades to struggles in defense of the oppressed countries of the world. Saeed Samnanian, president of the university, pointed to the accomplishments of the Cuban Revolution in eradicating illiteracy and its ability to produce internationalist doctors, ISNA reported. "At this time several thousand Cuban doctors are serving in African countries," Samnanian said.
 
Impact of Cuban Revolution
Introducing Castro, Mostafa Moeen, the minister of science, research and technology, spoke of the impact of the Cuban Revolution on national liberation movements around the world.
Moeen referred to a 1962 meeting in Cuba held to commemorate the anniversary of the 1957 student attack on the palace of dictator Batista. At the meeting, a student acting as the master of ceremonies read the testament of José Antonio Echevarría, a student leader killed by the regime's military forces during events surrounding the assault, but left out three sentences that referred to Echevarría's religious beliefs.
Castro spoke later in the meeting after talking to the student, who said he had been instructed not to read the three lines. After reading the three lines to the audience, Castro used the incident to explain why the Cuban Revolution, Marxism, and socialism have nothing in common with attempts to falsify history. (Castro's speech to the 1962 meeting is available in Selected Works of Fidel Castro, by Pathfinder Press, under the title, "The Revolution Must Be a School of Unfettered Thought.")
In introducing Castro, Moeen said, "By criticizing that kind of behavior Castro was stressing an approach that not only sees history as it is, but also does not imprison truth in narrow bounds."
When the Cuban president entered the auditorium for the awards ceremony at Tarbiate-Modarres University he received an overwhelming welcome by hundreds of students in the hall and many more outside who were watching in the closed-circuit television. Students clapped and shouted "Guerrilla!, Guerrilla!" Although he was not scheduled to speak, the international edition of Tehran daily Ettelaat reported that the response "pushed Castro to the speakers' tribune."

"If we don't know what imperialism and colonialism and their origins are, then we will never understand genocide in the Americas," the Cuban leader told the students, as reported in Ettelaat. "If we do not understand the means by which the oppressed countries are being plundered, if we do not understand the consequences of foreign debt, unequal exchange, and the causes of crises, then conditions will always be ripe for others to plunder us," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who is also the spiritual head of state, told the Cuban president in a meeting that in accordance with Islamic belief, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers "resistance to and struggle against oppression in this world as righteous," reported Tehran morning daily Hamshahri. He added that people of Iran like Cuba because the country stands up to bullying from Washington and "according to our Islamic beliefs this is valuable." Castro responded that the U.S. imperialism "is very weak. We can witness this from nearby. After 40 years of revolution Cuba is stronger than ever."
In a joint statement the two countries condemned acts of terrorism as well as sanctions imposed by the imperialists, as those against Cuba, Iran, and Iraq. They also expressed their support to the "continuing struggles of the Palestinian people to gain their rights and, above all, the right of self-determination and the right of return for all Palestinian refugees." The two countries also condemned the massacres carried out by the Israeli regime.

Before leaving the country the Cuban president laid a wreath at the grave of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Leading Pakistani Taliban deputy believed killed

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ISLAMABAD – A top Pakistani Taliban commander close to al-Qaida is believed to have been killed in an army airstrike, officials said Saturday, in the latest apparent blow to insurgents who have attacked Pakistan and threatened U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was believed to be among a number of insurgents killed Friday at a sprawling compound in the northwest Mohmand tribal region, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. He said authorities had not identified the bodies of Mohammed or his fellow commander Qari Ziaur Rehman, but all the militants hiding at the site were killed after the helicopter gunships were dispatched on "real-time" intelligence. "If Faqir Mohammed and Qari Ziaur Rehman are alive, then I will be surprised," he told Pakistan's Express news channel after receiving a briefing from the paramilitary Frontier Corps in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Mohammed was a deputy commander in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — Pakistan's Taliban Movement — leading the network's operations in the Bajur and Mohmand tribal regions. He also was close to al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri, who along with Osama bin Laden is suspected of using Pakistan's tribal badlands as a hide-out. Two intelligence officials also said that Mohammed was believed dead and that about two dozen insurgents had died in Friday's airstrike. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said they were confident of their information, but warned that the remote, dangerous nature of the region made it nearly impossible to offer a definitive confirmation at this stage. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. If confirmed, Mohammed's death would be the latest in a series of victories for Pakistan and the U.S. in the battle against Islamist extremists. Over the past two months, Pakistan has captured several Afghan Taliban leaders hiding on its soil, intelligence officials have said. Among them is Mullah Baradar, the top deputy to Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban's supreme chief. The U.S. has relied heavily on missile strikes to take out targets in the tribal areas, often aiming for al-Qaida operatives, but also broadening its targets to include Pakistani Taliban leaders. A January U.S. missile strike is believed to have killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. The Taliban have denied that, but have not provided any evidence to prove he is still alive. Last year, after then-Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was reported killed in an August U.S. missile strike, Mohammed declared that he was taking over the group on a temporary basis. There were suggestions, however, that the move rankled others in the Pakistani Taliban, making Mohammed's final status in the network somewhat murky after Hakimullah Mehsud was selected as the heir to Baitullah. The Pakistani Taliban have staged numerous attacks that have killed hundreds across Pakistan, and they are suspected to aid militants involved in attacks across the border in Afghanistan. The group is also a prime suspect in the suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees in eastern Afghanistan in late December. Bajur and to some extent Mohmand have come under fierce assault by Pakistani army and paramilitary forces. Just days ago, a top general declared for the second time in a year that Bajur was cleared of militants. Pakistan has waged multiple army offensives throughout the tribal belt, though it has avoided pushing into North Waziristan, the stronghold of several militant groups that have focused on defeating U.S. troops in Afghanistan rather than taking on the Pakistani state. ___ Associated Press Writer Habib Khan contributed to this report from Khar.

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He Could Die at Any Time

Friday, March 5, 2010
From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Today is the tenth day of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas' hunger strike. As he is refusing to drink, he could die at any time. He is determined to do so. "Everything that happens to me is the responsibility of the Cuban government," he says from his deathbed.
The 48-year-old journalist and dissident hopes his death will be bring more embarrassment on the Cuban government. Wouldn't he be more useful alive?

"I do think about that, but then I remember a line from the Cuban national anthem: To die for your fatherland is to live."

Intensive care

Mr. Fariñas has just returned from hospital, where his family took him after he went into a coma. He was put on a drip and regained consciousness. But he did not receive further treatment, he says on the telephone:

"The hospital manager Derby Jimenes Serrano told my mother and my wife that the hospital serves the revolutionary citizens who support the revolution. And that it is not for counter-revolutionaries who want to disrupt the country and that they would keep me on the ward for a while but then they would send me back home."

Political prisoners

Last week, political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died after 86 days on hunger strike in prison. Four other political prisoners went on hunger strike last weekend, but have since stopped. Guillermo Fariñas has not. His mother, his wife and his colleagues beg him daily to end his hunger strike, because it will kill him. His life has been saved by the hospital drip, but his doctor believes his condition could become critical again after the weekend.

Guillermo Fariñas says he is just as motivated now as when he began and says he will carry on because his demand is a legitimate one: freedom for all political prisoners who are ill and who doctors have recommended for release because their lives are in danger in Cuban prisons.

"First degree murder"

Mr. Fariñas is unable to accept "the deliberate murder of Orlando Zapata Tamayo." "The government should be called to account for this murder in the first degree because that is what it is." He stressed that it is up to the Cuban leaders to make the next move. He has not asked them to hand over power or dissolve the communist party. He is just asking them to follow the recommendations of the Interior Ministry's own doctors, who have asked for the release of 26 political prisoners in poor physical condition.

International community

According to Mr. Fariñas the international community is very important to Cuba, because the country is deeply in debt and the economy is very weak. Governments could put huge pressure on the Cuban government, so that the 26 political prisoners, "who are only waiting for a signature," are released.

But the government is not prepared to make a gesture.

"Since 1959 they have been used to killing people, just killing people. And if you don't want to die you have to leave the country, because this country is their property. And I am not prepared to leave my country. I have never wanted to and that is why they have to let me die here."
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February 25, 2010

Death of dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo leads to clampdown in Cuba

Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata in 2003
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Orlando Zapata in 2003. His death by hunger strike was the first of a Cuban opposition figure in almost 40 years
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Cuban security forces rounded up political activists across the island yesterday to prevent protests at the funeral of a leading dissident who died after an 82-day hunger strike.
Orlando Zapata Tamayo, 42, a plumber and bricklayer declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, stopped eating solid food on December 3 to protest what he said were repeated beatings by guards at the Kilo 7 prison in the eastern province of Camagüey.
As his condition worsened last week, he was put on board an ambulance and driven to a clinic at the Combinado del Este prison in Havana where authorities administered fluids intravenously to try to keep him alive. He died on Tuesday after being moved again to the Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital, one of the best in Cuba.
“They have assassinated Orlando Zapata Tamayo. My son’s death has been a premeditated murder,” his mother, Reina Luisa Tamayo, told El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language edition of the Miami Herald.
“They managed to do what they wanted. They ended the life of a fighter for human rights.”
Mr Zapata’s death marks the first time in nearly 40 years that a Cuban activist has died on hunger strike to protest against government abuses. The last political prisoner to starve himself to death in Cuba was Pedro Luis Boitel, a poet and student leader, in 1972.
Raúl Castro, the Cuban President, issued an unprecedented statement expressing regret for the death of a dissident. “Raúl Castro laments the death of Cuban prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died after conducting a hunger strike,” he said.
That did not stop the Government cracking down on dissent. Elizardo Sánchez, spokesman for the outlawed Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said security forces had detained about 30 activists. “Some have also been held in their houses, without judicial warrant, to prevent people from going to the wake,” he said.
Mr Zapata’s death provoked an international outcry and a call from the son of one Cuban revolutionary hero for President Castro to resign.
“Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death highlights the injustice of Cuba’s holding more than 200 political prisoners, who should now be released without delay,” the US State Department said.
Reaction in the Cuban community in Florida was fierce as exile radio stations ran interviews with Mr Zapata’s mother. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Republican Congressman from Florida, who is the nephew of Fidel Castro’s former wife, Mirta Díaz-Balart, said that Mr Zapata’s “murder by the tyrant Fidel Castro and his cowardly jailers will never be forgotten”.
Inside Cuba, Mr Sánchez, the human rights activist, said that the death revealed the regime’s “totalitarian arrogance”.
Among those protesting was the son of the Cuban revolutionary hero Juan Almeida Bosque, who fought alongside Fidel Castro in the guerrilla uprising that brought down the dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
Juan Juan**correct** Almeida García, who was briefly jailed in November, posted an open letter to Mr Castro on his daughter’s Facebook page urging him to resign as President.
“Doesn’t Zapata Tamayo’s death make you embarrassed?” he asked. “Must we go to such extremes? ... I beg of you to resign. Get out of this country. You don’t deserve respect.”
The official Cuban media did not report Mr Zapata’s death as the news spread by word of mouth. An exile group reported a heavier-than-usual police presence in several Cuban cities to head off protests sparked by his death.
Amnesty International called for a full investigation.
“Faced with a prolonged prison sentence, the fact that Orlando Zapata Tamayo felt he had no other avenue available to him but to starve himself in protest is a terrible indictment of the continuing repression of political dissidents in Cuba,” said Gerardo Ducos, Caribbean researcher for the group.
“With no independent judiciary in Cuba, trials are often summary and fall grossly short of international fair trial standards,” he added. “Once sentenced, the chances of appeal are virtually nil.”
Mr Zapata, a member of the “Alternative Republic Movement” opposed to Cuba’s one-party rule, had been temporarily detained several times — once for taking part in a human rights workshop in a Havana park — before he was jailed in a crackdown in 2003 in what became known as the “Black Spring”.
He was arrested while taking part in a hunger strike to demand the release of the dissident doctor Oscar Elías Biscet and other political prisoners.
He was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “disrespect”, “public disorder” and “resistance”. By the time of his death he was serving a total of 36 years on additional charges of “disobedience” and “disorder in a penal establishment” because of continued acts of defiance behind bars.
Mr Zapata’s family said that they planned to take his body back to their hometown of Banes in the eastern province of Holguín.
His death threatened to overshadow a visit by President Lula da Silva of Brazil, who arrived in Havana on Tuesday night from the Rio Group Summit in Mexico accompanied by Raúl Castro.
Yesterday Mr Lula da Silva met the ailing Fidel Castro, now 83, who ceded power to his younger brother after undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in 2006.
Fifty political prisoners had written to Mr Lula da Silva asking him to seek their freedom, highlighting Mr Zapata’s case in particular. The dissidents told the Brazilian leader that he could be “a magnificent interlocutor for getting the Cuban Government to decide to commit itself to urgently needed economic, political and social reforms, to move forward on respect for human rights, to achieve the desired [Cuban] national reconciliation and to bring the nation out of the deep crisis in which it finds itself”.
The leftist Brazilian leader, who has refused to meet dissidents on previous trips to the island, was unlikely to want to disrupt his push for greater investment and oil exploration by Brazilian companies in Cuba.
Dangerous times
• Cuba is among the world’s eight most-repressive regimes, according to the New York think-tank Freedom House
• The media is controlled by the state. Citizens were not allowed personal computers until 2008
• Those who speak out are often jailed for “dangerousness”
• In the “Black Spring” crackdown, 75 dissidents were jailed as US spies. Their spouses formed the Ladies in White protest group
Sources: Amnesty International; Human Rights Watch; Times archives
S:Timesonline.co.uk 

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Posted: February 27, 2010 09:44 PM

Cuban Regime Is the True Prisoner of Its Own Terror



In a continuing series of guest posts by my fellow bloggers on the Island, today I am bringing you this article from the blog Sin Evasion, by Miriam Celaya, who won the Virtual Island award for the Best Journalistic Blog of 2009.
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Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a Fearful Death

By Miriam Celaya Until last February 23rd, it seemed that the imprisonment of the Black Spring 75 had been one of Castro's utmost blunders. The death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, one of the civic fighters entrapped back then by the strong wave of repression unleashed by the dictatorship, goes to show that the events that took place almost seven years ago continue to have repercussions against the very regime that carried them out.
Not content with having allowed Orlando even a modicum of comfort, to spend his last days among his people, the dictatorship has launched its wolf packs onto the streets to suppress legitimate demonstrations of solidarity and respect by other Cubans for the courage and the resistance of a man who had the high-mindedness to confront the most powerful and protracted dictatorial government Cuba's history has known. Many independent Cubans were detained, others were threatened, and police operations raged throughout the day on February 24th.
By a strange coincidence, this February 24th, 2010, a date of historic significance for Cubans, was marked by fear, not because of the dignified and free citizens who went to the home of Laura Pollan, one of the Ladies in White, to sign the book of condolences, or on account of those who threw flowers into the sea in memory of the Brothers to the Rescue, also killed in the downing of their aircraft, another one of the "glorious" actions of Castro and his spies, nor by those who attended Orlando's funeral services. Now, the fear of the regime and the mercenaries at its service is palpable. They cannot conceive the power of shame, are ignorant of the virtue that envelops the sense of decorum, and cannot, even remotely, understand that freedom is a natural gift that is carried inside and it is -- therefore -- impossible to eliminate with steel bars. The Black Spring 75, Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and all of us who are disobedient are free.
The Cuban regime, on the other hand, is today the real prisoner: it is locked up in the very logic of repression and violence it generates. Victim of the system it alone forged, incapable of producing anything other than hatred and fear, it now shamelessly displays these things while trying to hold on, through terror, to its only real interest: power. The only thing is, many Cubans are losing their fear.
Orlando Zapata Tamayo's sacrifice also contains a hopeful singularity: he has died, but Cuba is beginning to awaken. Small niches of previously unconnected civil society, of the opposition, independent journalists, the Church, and ever-widening social sectors from very diverse ends of the island have begun to link. Sooner or later, reality will change: these are not times for dictators.
The Cuban president (the lower case is intentional), Raul, the Grey, the Second Fiddle, has made a statement to the foreign media saying he regrets Orlando's death. Of course, this is not a spontaneous expression of sincerity; this time, however, I believe him: he has more than enough reasons to regret this and many other deaths.
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Geneva, March 06, 2010


Cuba has taken over the presidency of the Group of 77 countries from Thailand in a ceremony here, Prensa Latina reported on Saturday.
Cuban ambassador in Geneva Rodolfo Reyes received the one-year provisional chairmanship from his Thai counterpart Sihosak Puanyketkeom at the Palais des Nations in Geneva Friday.
Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Supachai Panitchpakchi attended the event.
The Unctad secretary general assessed the work carried out by Thailand in the past year, which he described to be very hard given the international food, oil, economic and financial crises.
Panitchpakchi welcomed Cuba to the presidency of the G77 and highlighted that the Caribbean island "offers great security and expectations with its exemplary international solidarity".
Reyes underlined that the developing countries, including Cuba, should not benefit from liberalisation of trade in the way it is currently being conducted.
“Financial and economic crisis demands responses. We cannot forget that there are old challenges of great importance that are still unresolved in the poor regions of the planet. We cannot confuse the agenda of the rich with ours,” Reyes said.
He added that the UNCTAD is responsible for world peace and security among other things. "But our planet will never be safe and peaceful place if we do not eradicate poverty and reach a sustainable development," he stressed.
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