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Dec 1, 2016

Tributes to Fidel Castro Continue; in Belize, a Call for Ending U.S. Embargo on Cuba

Fidel Castro

The memorial to late President of the Cuban Republic, Fidel Castro, with the attendance of world leaders took place on Tuesday night in Havana. Today, Castro’s remains arrived in the Province of Matanzas as Cubans lined up the route as the cortege makes its way to Santiago.  On Wednesday, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Eamon Courtenay, paid tribute to Castro during the Senate meeting, calling on Cuba’s age-old enemy, the United States, to relax its noose on the island and help it more fully integrate into the world society.


Raul Castro

Raul Castro, President of Cuba [Translated]

“We have gathered here during times of extraordinary pain, proclaiming our ideals, acknowledging our symbols; and consulting with our people regarding transcendental decisions. Precisely here where we have commemorated our victories, we tell you along with our combative and heroic people, victory always!”


Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“The People’s United Party believes that the historic and revolutionary cooperation between Belize and Cuba, whether it be in the field of education, in the field of health, in agriculture, in trade, is a true symbol of development assistance; it is a true symbol of solidarity, and it is a true and respectful relationship between two sovereign countries. Cuba asked nothing of us; they continue to support us, to work with us, on the basis of a principled foreign policy; a principled trade policy; and a principled policy of cooperation. We on this side call for the immediate end of the blockade, the illegal blockade by the United States of America against the people of Cuba; we call for an end to it, we call for a deepening of relationship between Cuba and the United States of America.”

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