UN Holds Minute of Silence for Fidel

Fidel Castro addresses the audience as president of Non-Aligned Movement at UN, Oct. 12, 1979.Fidel Castro addresses the audience as president of Non-Aligned Movement at UN, Oct. 12, 1979. | Photo: Reuters

Fidel Castro was remembered fondly by UN President Peter Thompson before the assembly went on condemn Israel’s belligerence towards Palestine.

Adding to the tsunami of praise and respect pouring in for Fidel Castro from around the world, the United Nations General Assembly held a minute of silence in honor of the revolutionary leader on Tuesday.

All 193 members stood up and bowed their heads to express their respect for the Cuban leader, who died at the age of 90, at the request of General Assembly President Peter Thompson.

Leading up to the gesture of respect, Thompson expressed his admiration for a “tireless advocate of equity in the international arena” and extended his condolences to Fidel’s family and the Cuban people.

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” he said. “Fidel was one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century, with a great love of his homeland and the Cuban people. He…was an inspirational figure for developing countries in particular.”

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