Single Party System Guarantees Sovereignty, Raul Castro Says
Havana, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro stressed at the closing session of the 1st National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) on Sunday that a single-party system in Cuba guarantees the national sovereignty and social justice conquered by the 1959 Revolution.
"Renouncing the single-party system would just be as legalizing the party or the parties of imperialism in our homeland and sacrificing the strategic weapon of unity among Cubans."
The first PCC secretary recalled that the hostile scenario surrounding the Revolution cannot be ignored.
Our adversaries and even some of our friends, setting aside the history of permanent aggressions, economic blockade, intrusion and media hostility -as if this were a country with normal conditions not a country under siege- urge to restore the pre-revolutionary multiparty system of a Cuba under U.S. neo-colonial rule.
The Cuban president recalled the concept of PCC as a leading force of a society ruled by the Constitution of the Republic, which was approved by more than 97 percent the voters in a free, direct and secret vote.
Raul Castro said the experiences in the struggle for Cuba’s independence and sovereignty confirms the need to defend the single-party system without underrating other countries with other mechanisms.
If we have made a sovereign decision, with the people’s involvement and support, of choosing Jose Marti’s option of a single party system, our duty today is to further democracy in our society, he added at Havana’s Convention Center.
More than 800 PCC members attended the 1st PCC National Conference that approved an agenda to secure unity and brace Socialism, including the resolution on the Party’s role in fulfilling the 6th Congress guidelines to improve Cuba’s economic program.
In addition, they will prioritize preventing and fighting corruption, crime and misdemeanor, and will reject impunity and update the key concepts of PCC relations with the Young Communist League and the mass organizations.
Raul: Cuba will not Sacrifice the Unity of its People
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 29 (acn) Army General Raul Castro ratified on Sunday that Cuba will never renounce having a single Party, as wanted by imperialism, since doing so will lead to the defeat of the Revolution and would sacrifice the unity of the people.
While closing at Havana’s Convention Center the First National Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), he highlighted the democratic nature of the preparatory process, with the participation of members of the PCC and of the Young Communists League (UJC) in the debates on the meeting’s draft document.
In the presence of over 800 delegates, Raul criticized those who built their hopes up thinking that this Conference would mark the beginning of the political and social dismantling of the Revolution and wanted the restoration of the multiparty model.
He added that the concept of a single Party is in full correspondence with Article Five of the Constitution of the Republic, approved in referendum by 97.7 percent of electors, by way of free, direct and secret vote.
Raul reiterated that it’s necessary to promote, more and more, greater democracy in Cuban society, starting by setting an example from within Party ranks, which presupposes, he added, the encouragement of an atmosphere of maximum confidence an sincere exchange of opinions, both in the heart of the organization and in its bonds with workers and the population, including the mass media.
During his speech, the First Secretary of the PCC asserted that, at the same time, the shaping of a more democratic society will also contribute to overcome simulating and opportunistic attitudes emerging under false unanimity and formalism in the treatment of different situations of national life.
The only thing that could lead to the defeat of the Revolution and socialism in Cuba would be our inability to overcome mistakes committed for over 50 years, since January 1st, 1959, new mistakes and future mistakes, he pointed out.
He called to strengthen unity around the Party and the Revolution and also the permanent bond that exists with the masses, and to preserve the Cuban nation and economic and social achievements, on the basis of the fact that the homeland, the Revolution and socialism are indissolubly combined.
Cuba: Communist Party Leader Urges Members to Work for the Future
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 28 (acn) The Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (CC-PCC), Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, urged the members of this political organization to work with more responsibility and looking to the future.
During the inauguration of the First Conference of the PCC at Havana’s Convention Center on Saturday, Machado Venture referred to the need to get rid of obsolete conceptions in order to strengthen the work of the Communist Party.
“It’s not a temporary task, but something that has to be an essential and permanent element of the militants’ behavior as a guarantee that the Party will always be ready to face the challenges of each historic moment,”
Machado Ventura said and added that one of the main goals of the Conference that concludes on Sunday is to guarantee the implementation of all the agreements of the Sixth Congress of the PCC held in April 2011, particularly the Social and Economic Guidelines.
On Saturday, the delegates to the Conference worked in four commissions discussing the content of the draft base document of the Conference which includes topics such as the working methods of the Party, its ideological work, the policy of cadres, and the PCC’s relations with the Young Communist League (UJC) and grass-roots organizations, among others.
This document was analyzed in more than 65,000 meetings by the members of the PCC and the UJC, who expressed more than one million opinions, which resulted in the modification of 78 of the draft’s 96 objectives and the addition of another five.
Cuba Publishes Agreements of PCC Conference
Havana, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban press published on Monday the Resolution passed on Sunday at the closing session of the 1st National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba(PCC), regarding the work objectives of that political organization.
Over 800 delegates from all over the country backed democratic centralism and collective leadership as the guiding principles of unity and the links to the masses at the conference, held over the weekend at Havana's Conference Center.
Participants also agreed to promote and demand the implementation of the guidelines of the 6th PCC Congress, a forum that established the strategies to update Cuba´s economic model.
Other issues passed at the conference relate to the strengthening of the links with society´s organizations, the fight against corruption and illegalities and rejection of prejudices and discriminatory behaviors in terms of race, sex or religious beliefs.
From the resolutions of the Conference, Cuban communists authorized the Communist Party's Central Committee to decide the pertinent modifications to the statutes in accordance to the established work objectives.
Regarding the debates taking place prior to the Conference, PCC First Secretary Raul Castro described them as deeply democratic.
Raul Castro also reaffirmed the country's denunciation of U.S. campaigns against Cuba.
The anti-Cuba campaigns will not damage the Revolution or the Cuban people, who will continue perfecting their socialism, the leader underlined.
Brazilian President Highlights Commitment to Cooperate with Cuba
Havana, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The best way for Brazil to fight the blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States is to offer our cooperation in different areas, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday.
Roussef, who arrived in Havana on Monday, highlighted the existence of strategic cooperation favorable for both countries, because Cuba has a unique and competent structure in areas such as biotechnology, while Brazil can provide high technological capacity.
After laying a wreath at the memorial dedicated to Cuban National Hero José Martí, Rousseff told reporters that her government is committed to helping the Cuban people, who are driving the update of the country's economic model.
Brazil participates in several important initiatives to achieve that purpose, such as facilitating access to a credit of 400 million USD to purchase food in our market, she said.
She also announced the recent approval of funds to facilitate the purchase of equipment, machinery and tractors to boost agricultural production in Cuba.
We are also making a major contribution to the construction of the western port of Mariel, which is a system of export of goods produced in Cuba, said Rousseff.
The agenda of Rousseff's official visit to Cuba, which will conclude on Wednesday, includes a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro and the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.
Solidarity Group with Cuba Demands Freedom of Antiterrorists
Port-au-Prince, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba Solidarity Group in Port de Paix, in Haiti, pledged to intensify its actions for the release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons.
During a meeting with the friendly organization in the northwest, Cuban Ambassador Ricardo Garcia Napoles spoke about the current situation of his compatriots and the need for joint efforts for the return of Rene Gonzalez to his family in Cuba and the release of the other fellow prisoners.
Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Rene Gonzalez were arrested in the United States for collecting information on terrorist plans by South Florida-based organizations against Cuba.
Rene Gonzalez, who already served his prison sentence, remains subject to a court ruling that forces him to remain in the United States under supervised freedom for three years.
At the meeting, Philias Carlile, president of the Cuba Solidarity Group, thanked Cuba for the work of the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti for 13 years, saving lives and helping to improve people's quality of life.
Health officials noted that the brigade reported a year without deaths by cholera in the 34 active institutions in the country, which develops educational and promotional programs to prevent that disease.
Russia Ratifies Support for Cuba in its Struggle for The Five
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 27 (acn) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Serguei Ribakov asserted in Moscow that his country ratifies its willingness to support Cuba in its struggle for the release of the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly sentenced in the United States.
Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino are arbitrarily incarcerated in the northern country, while Rene Gonzalez, after serving his sentence, has been forced to stay for another three years, under supervised release, in that territory, the www.cubaminrex.cu Web site reported.
Russia has always been and will be an ally of the Caribbean island in its struggle to put an end to the blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for almost half a century now, pointed out the top Russian official.
Ribakov also highlighted the cooperation the two states offer in complex issues in the international sphere and their resistance to the destructive policies some try to impose on the planet.
We acknowledge Cuba’s help in important matters for Russians and for the international community, like international security, human rights and the solution of regional conflicts, he stressed.
He highlighted the solidarity of the Caribbean island, which is reflected, he added, in its policy of offering support to people in need.
Cuba will Evaluate Changes in Land Legislation
Havana, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) About 150 Cuban lawyers and jurists will meet over the weekend to evaluate the land legislation to propose modifications, updates and new regulations, the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) informed.
In the meeting, they will analyze agreements and farmers' opinions at the congress of the organization, from which they will enact new laws that are considered contributions to agricultural law in Cuba.
ANAP's legal advisor, Arturo Aliaga, said that at the meeting, to be held on February 4-5, they will evaluate the sector's legal norms in the context of the economic and social guidelines.
He added that they will work on updating laws, hiring personnel in agriculture, difficulties in regulatory terms and legal advice to production units.
They will meet in several panels to study Law Decrees 125, 129 and 225, credit, insurance and economic crime, among other topics.
The event is organized by ANAP and the Agrarian Law Society of the Cuban National Union of Jurists.
The ministries of Justice, Agriculture, and Work and Social Security will collaborate, as well as the National Organization of Collective Lawyer's Offices, the National Insurance Company and other institutions.
ANAP was founded on May 17, 1961, and it is a grassroot organization of cooperatives, private farmers and their relatives. It has more than 4,330 base units with 332,000 members.
Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry Highlights Commercial Relations with Cuba
Quito, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Vice Minister of Trade and Economic Integration, Francisco Rivadeneira, highlighted Monday the good political relations with Cuba and the possibility of increasing commercial links.
Rivadeneira specified that "because of the very good political relationship with Cuba, Ecuador can become an important supplier of foods, agricultural products, livestock and industrial agricultural products."
He said that his country is interested in the Cuban tourism industry, because Cuba has one of the best hotel infrastructures in the world, and they require constant provisions of high quality products that Ecuador can supply.
Another sector that Ecuador could promote, he added, is textiles and clothing, as well as construction materials, ceramics, furniture, industrial and non industrial items, and plumbing requirements.
He emphasized that a solution to facilitate the trade would be the use of the Unitary System of Regional Compensation of Payments (Sucre), by means of which the payment is directly guaranteed to the Ecuadorian company by the Central Bank of Ecuador.
The Ecuadorian Vice Minister ratified that with that mechanism and with all the progress made in projecting greater trade, a qualitative jump in the volume, value and quality of trade between the two countriescan be expected.
The Andean nation is also interested in buying from Cuba goods and services of high quality, internationally recognized, he emphasized.