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Cuba reaffirms NAM’s principles at UN General Assembly

Posted by smeddum on September 25, 2008

Cuba reaffirms NAM’s principles at
UN General Assembly

JOSE Ramón Machado Ventura, Cuban first vice president, addressed the 63rd UN General Assembly and confirmed that the Non-Aligned Movement will continue to defend the interests of the Third World and promote the construction of a more just, democratic and solidarity-driven world, for which he urged developed countries not to forget their commitments to poor nations.

Later on in his speech, he called for support to the cause of the Palestinian people and to respect the territorial integrity of Venezuela and Bolivia, as well as Puerto Rico’s right to independence.

Machado Ventura publicly expressed the gratitude of the Cuban people and government to all those who have either morally or materially supported the nation following the devastating passage of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He condemned the U.S. policy which, in contrast to the noble gestures of many states, organizations and people throughout the world, ruthlessly maintains the cruel and inhumane blockade of the island.

During the afternoon, the head of the delegation had bilateral talks with Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia; Ernest bai Koroma of Sierra Leone; Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and Kalkot Matas Kelekele of Vanuatu.

Heads of state and other figures with whom the Cuban vice president and delegation have conversed since their arrival in New York have offered countless demonstrations of solidarity and support for our people and leaders.

The common denominator of these talks has been their interest in the state of health of Leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, as well as a will to help Cuba to recover after the hurricanes.

This Thursday, the plenary session of the high-level meeting on the Millennium Goals for Development is scheduled, as well as the No. 2 Roundtable, a forum in which Cuba is due to take part and which is focused on the role of health and education in achieving higher goals for the current millennium.

Translated by Granma International •

Speech given by José Ramón Machado Ventura, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers to the 63rd Session of the UN General, New York, September 24, 2008

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