French union leader supports Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban doctors

French union leader supports Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban doctors

Paris, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Benjamin Amar, leader of the French General Confederation of Labor (CGT, in French language), called on Monday to grant the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 to Cuba’s Henry Reeve Medical Brigades for their example of solidarity.

Cuba saves lives, a reality that must be defended against lies and media manipulation, and its help in times of Covid-19 even reaches rich countries, despite the unbearable blockade it faces, Amar, who is also a member of the national leadership of one of France’s biggest unions, told Prensa Latina.

According to the CGT member in the Val-de-Marne department, the request to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban health professionals is a battle against the hegemonic powers.

Amar said this truth must be released and explained the work done by Cuba’s health professionals, present in nations of several continents hit by a disease that has killed more than a million people globally.

The union leader rejected in his dialogue with Prensa Latina the campaigns to distort the reality of a small nation located less than 200 kilometers from the United States, a power that has been blocking it for decades.


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Russia condemns inhumane and illegitimate US blockade against Cuba

Russia condemns inhumane and illegitimate US blockade against Cuba

By Antonio Rondon

Moscow, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia condemns the inhuman and illegitimate US blockade against Cuba, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after he met with the Caribbean country’s Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas in Moscow.

After the official talks, Lavrov told exclusively Prensa Latina that all sanctions taken to pressure Havana limit the inalienable natural rights of not only Cuban citizens, but also US citizens.

These actions ‘are absolutely illegal and flagrantly violate the fundamental principles of the UN Charter,’ the head of Russian diplomacy stressed.

Indeed, in pandemic conditions, it is important that all countries show political will, wisdom and foresight, the Russian minister said.

The condemnation by the international community is expressed by an almost unanimous vote in favor of Cuba’s draft anti-blockade resolution in the UN General Assembly, Lavrov said, commenting that due to Covid-19, the vote was postponed from November to April 2021.

Lavrov and Cabrisas discussed the coordination of positions in the international arena as part of the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two states.


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New Canadian tourist flights state Cuba as safe destination

Ottawa, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Air Canada is expanding its tourist operations in Cuba with an additional flight from Toronto to Cayo Coco, as a safe destination, Cuban Ambassador Josefina Vidal said.

On her Twitter account, the diplomat shared the opinions by Lessner Gomez, director of Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, who highlighted Cuba’s advantages and safety for travelers.

On Saturday, more Canadian visitors from Toronto arrived in Cayo Coco, in central-northern Cuba, on the new Air Canada flight to the Caribbean island’s tourist resorts.

Since early September, the airline has operated regular flights to that Cuban destination.

Air Canada’s first flight from Toronto took place on Saturday, because the previous flights came from Montreal, Gaviota Tours group posted on Facebook.

Canada has stood out for years among Cuba’s major tourist-sending market.


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World Peace Council supports Nobel for Cuban medical brigade

Brasilia, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The World Peace Council ratified its support for the proposal to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve, in recognition of its historic humanitarian work.

In a letter sent to Berit Reiss-Andersen, president of the Norwegian award committee, the international body indicates, ‘the Covid-19 pandemic is another example of how essential international solidarity is in promoting a fair peace and soothing the suffering of people during emergencies.’

In that sense, she points out, the work that the Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve has carried out long before the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak stands out as the most sincere paradigm.

For the Council, that fact leads them to request that they ‘recognize how courageous and exemplary the group’s effort is by awarding it the Nobel Peace Prize.’

Reiss-Andersen highlights that various Cuban medical brigades are currently saving lives in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 27 in Africa, two in the Middle East, and seven in Asia.

She recalls that Cuba’s medicine has provided humanitarian medical assistance for some 60 years, even when the country has gone through extreme economic challenges that also last over six decades and impose serious hardships on the Cuban people.

Even so, the non-governmental organization remarks, ‘Cubans have overcome this barrier to show the world the best way to build peace and bridges, so that other peoples can have the opportunity to overcome their own challenges and not lose their lives before achieving it.’


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President Diaz-Canel highlights friendship between Cuba and China

Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel described on Sunday diplomatic relations between the country and China as an elementary act of historic justice.

On Twitter, the president recalled that Cuba was the first country in the Western Hemisphere to establish relations with the People’s Republic of China.

‘We are honored by our friendship with China. It is an expression of the independence of our foreign policy,’ the head of State tweeted.

Both countries celebrate this year the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

As part of the activities to pay tribute to the date, a commemorative medal, made by the China Foundation for Peace and Development, and the Zhongyulidu Cultural Enterprise, was unveiled in Beijing.

Likewise, a special issue of Lookwe magazine was launched, as well as an edition of Cuban articles and a collection of Pu’er (red) tea with artisan cups and teapots.

In addition to the official receptions, the festive plan will run until October with academic seminars, a workshop on economic-commercial relations and activities that will also serve as a tribute to Cuban culture.

On September 28, 1960, the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, proposed the cessation of ties with the refugee government in Taiwan, to establish links with the People’s Republic of China that had triumphed in 1949 under the command of Mao Zedong.


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Bruno Rodríguez, FM of Cuba: Let us build a democratic, just and sustainable international order

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla: Let us build a democratic, just and sustainable international order

Sept 25 (Radio Rebelde)

Statement by H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations General Assembly marking the seventy fifth Anniversary of the United Nations.  September 21th, 2020.

Mr. President;

Distinguished delegates:

On the seventy fifth anniversary of the United Nations, multilateralism and international Law are being threatened by the greatest power in the world. The US irresponsible behavior is the biggest threat to international peace and security. It instigates conflicts, non-conventional and trade wars and imposes severe unilateral coercive measures.  In an arms race of its own making, it squanders resources that are indispensable for the sustainable development of our peoples, while refusing to cooperate to confront the multiple crises generated by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

The United States ignores important agreements in the areas of environmental protection, disarmament and arms control and withdraws from international fora such as the World Health Organization, UNESCO or the Human Rights Council.  It would seem that it is at war with the entire planet, its vital resources and its inhabitants.

The United States prevents a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has been historically called for by this Organization. It proposed the so called “Deal of the Century” that threatens the future of the State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The United States denies the people of Puerto Rico their right to free determination and independence at a time when the Third International Decade for the Elimination of Colonialism is about to conclude.

The United States interferes in the internal affairs of tens of UN member States and threatens those it accuses of influencing its corrupt electoral system.  Fear and repeated lies happen to be the new weapons of its dishonest media and misinformation strategy.

By reviving the Monroe Doctrine, the United States undermines the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

The United States has increased its hostility against Cuba to qualitatively superior levels.  It systematically violates the human rights of the Cuban people by tightening the economic, commercial and financial blockade and its extraterritorial character. The United States brazenly attacks our international medical cooperation as well as the governments that have legitimately asked for it, thus inhibiting the right of other nations to health care, while being, however, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic that has already taken a toll on the lives of almost 200 000 US citizens as a result of its irresponsibility and electoral opportunism.

Mr. President:

Seventy five years after having signed the UN Charter, it is urgent that we reaffirm our commitment to the principles of International Law and the strengthening of multilateralism, cooperation with international bodies and the empowerment of this General Assembly.  Let us multiply cooperation and solidarity. Let us build a democratic, just and sustainable international order.

Thank you, very much.

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Venezuela ratifies cooperation with UN on human rights

Caracas, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela ratified on Friday its commitment to strengthen joint work and constructive exchange of information with the United Nations (UN) in the field of human rights, reported a diplomatic source.

Venezuela’s permanent representative to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Jorge Valero, highlighted the renewal of the Letter of Understanding on cooperation and technical assistance signed between the Venezuelan government and the office of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, the Foreign Ministry reviewed in press release.

Speaking at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the diplomat observed that the politicization of that issue persists in updating the report on the situation of Venezuela.

The oral presentation of the senior official lacked once again the necessary balance, presented obvious methodological flaws and biased information, factors that feed the media campaign against Venezuela, the ambassador assured.

Valero pointed out that the team of the multilateral organization present in the country receives the full support of all the competent entities of the State. ‘This cooperation is pertinent and necessary because it is based on the principles of international law, established in the UN Charter,’ he indicated.

Venezuela suffers a multiform aggression led by the US government, which includes the imposition of unilateral coercive measures, causing significant damage to the enjoyment of the human rights of the people, and resulting in crimes against humanity, the diplomat denounced.


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Beijing opens book fair with Cuba as guest of honor

Beijing, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The 27th International Book Fair (BIBF 2020) opened on Saturday in Beijing, and Cuba is its guest of honor, on occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The BIBF will take place until Wednesday, for the first time in history virtually, and more than 400,000 titles from 68 countries will be on display.

During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Carlos Miguel Pereira expressed gratutyde Cuba’s designation as a guest of honor, and said that it demonstrates the deep ties of friendship between both socialist States, benefits the promotion of good books, further contributes to understanding and strengthens the cultural bridge.

The BIBF website has a section that shows the main Cuban publishing houses, emblematic titles such as ‘Paradiso’ by Jose Lezama Lima, and ‘Jardin’ by Dulce Maria Loynaz, among others.

It also contains photos, biographical profiles of several writers and prominent cultural figures, as well as articles and promotional videos on the fraternity between both socialist

States, literature and tourism.

This is the fourth time Cuba attends the BIBF. Its presence last year closed with important negotiations and contacts to expand the distribution of Cuban literature in China and globally.


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Russia, Cuba agree to hold a joint commission meeting in Havana

Moscow, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Cuba agreed on Friday to hold the next session of the intergovernmental commission for economic-commercial and scientific-technical cooperation between the two countries in Havana, after a meeting here of co-chairs of that entity.

Cuba’s Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas and Russia’s Deputy Head of Government Yuri Borisov agreed to hold a new session of the intergovernmental commission before the end of 2020 and to immediately convene the preparatory Working Groups for that event.

Both co-chairs of the bilateral entity held an honest and cordial exchange, as part of the excellent political relations that exist between the two countries, based on consensus reached since President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Havana in 2014.

According to a press release from the Cuban embassy in Russia, the current state of economic, commercial, financial and cooperation ties was reviewed, as well as the need to boost prioritized projects that are being executed between both sides.

In that regard, Cabrisas and Borisov spoke out for continuing to advance in all areas of common interest for both countries in the current difficult conditions.

Cuba’s Deputy Prime Minister provided detailed information on the complex current situation of the Cuban economy, the unprecedented tightening of the US unfair economic, commercial and financial blockade that tries to smothers the economy.

In addition to this, Cabrisas explained, are added the effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, from which the whole planet does not escape.

He set out the steps that Cuba is taking to achieve its economic recovery, accelerate the rise in exports, import substitution, and the development of food and energy programs, as well as advance foreign direct investment, among other priorities.

Meanwhile, Borisov conveyed Russia’s gratitude to the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, and to Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez for the permanent support of the country to the course joint policy in the development of international relations.

Deputy PM was along with Julio Garmendia, Cuba’s ambassador in Russia; Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment; Emilio Lozada Garcia, general director of Bilateral Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Isaac Hernandez Perez, director of the Central Bank of Cuba, and other government officials.


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Cuba advocates global solidarity in international forums

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez advocated greater solidarity and cooperation among nations to deal with common challenges.

In his virtual speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 22, the Cuban head of State called to join forces to fight the complex epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19, and the economic crisis that will hit the developing countries.

At the world forum, Diaz-Canel explained that the impact of the pandemic goes beyond the health field and has caused anguish and despair to leaders and citizens across the world.

Two days after that UN meeting, the head of Cuban diplomacy noted the need to promote unity, solidarity and complementarity in Latin America and the Caribbean to face the common regional challenges.

During his speech at the 20th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), also held virtually, Rodriguez warned that this epidemiological crisis will cause the greatest economic contraction in the history of this geographic area.

Both leaders condemned the US unilateral coercive measures against several nations, and especially Washington’s blockade against Cuba, which the Donald Trump administration has tightened despite almost unanimous international rejection.


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