Bridgetown, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) Caribbean leaders agreed to highlight the political stature of the Cuban Revolution”s historic leader, Fidel Castro, in messages of condolence and tribute in which they emphasize their friendship, support and solidarity with the peoples of the area.
Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said in a statement that ‘the death of the former president of Cuba marks the disappearance of an indomitable figure who changed the course of the history of his country and the region.’
Fidel Castro represents as very few, a symbol of anti-imperialism and tireless struggle for independence, he noted, adding: ‘He inspired many revolutionaries around the world to fight for their ideals. His support for the anti-apartheid struggle is one dimension of his legacy that will not be forgotten. ‘
Regarding bilateral relations, the Barbados’ leader recalls Fidel Castro’s efforts to promote cooperation in health and education. ‘We highly value the opportunities he created so that many Barbadians could regain vision and could educated themselves in a range of areas,’ expressed Stuart.
In his statement, he also highlights Fidel Castro’s defense of efforts to protect the environment, and concludes: ‘Our relationship shows that ideological differences do not impede fruitful and constructive relationships.’
For his part, Dominica Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit calls him Comrade, from whom he learned a lot, he says, and he praises ‘his generosity with the peoples of the world’, especially Cuba’s support for the liberation of many countries.
Particularly in Africa, where he played a key role in the independence of several peoples such as Angola, Namibia and the abolition of Apartheid in South Africa.
After expressing his condolences to the Cuban government and people, Skerrit, who presides over the Caribbean Community (Caricom), noted that in recognition of his life’s work and his contribution to Dominica and the region, he declares official mourning in his country until the day Of his burial on December 4 ‘in a sign of respect, admiration and appreciation’.
From Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley said in a message of condolence that ‘the disappearance of Fidel Castro marks the end of an iconic period of history not only for the Caribbean and Latin America, but also for the world’.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness assured Jamaicans are joining Cubans in their sorrow. In a message to President Raul Castro, Holness highlights the wise revolutionary leadership and managing of the Cuban state of Fidel Castro.
‘It will remain in the annals of history as one of the leaders who, despite emerging from a developing Caribbean state, had the greatest impact in world history. Many Jamaicans today vividly recall his visit to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defense of the right to self-determination, ‘notes Holness.
From St. George, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell thanks in a statement that Fidel Castro ‘has been a consistent friend of the people of Granada, and Cuba unselfishly helped train thousands of our current professionals, particularly in the field of Medicine’.
Despite his challenges in Cuba and in the face of incalculable hostility, Fidel Castro had the political will to help Granada build his current international airport, ‘which confirms him as the great godfather of today’s Granada development.’
‘In Fidel Castro, Granada always had a permanent friend. And now we can ensure that his legacy will endure, and his contribution to making the world better will always be remembered. The story truly absolved him, ‘concludes the communiqué of the Granadine incumbent.