News on Cuba - November 25, 2013 Print

Raul Castro Receives President of Russian Oil Company

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 25 (acn)--The President of the Cuban Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raul Castro received the President of the Russian Rosneft Oil Company, Igor Ivanovich Sechin, who paid a working visit to Cuba.

According to Granma newspaper, Raul Castro and Igor Ivanovich expressed their willingness to keep deepening relations in the sectors of hydrocarbons, health care, tourism, energy, the training of technicians and specialists in the oil field, in which there are important opportunities for bilateral collaboration.

Raul and Sechin also addressed the current update of the Cuban economic model, the regional integration process and the opportunities offered by the Mariel Special Development Zone for future investment.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday, was also attended by Russia's ambassador to Havana Mikhail L. Kamynin and by the president of the Board of Directors of the Inter Rao company, Boris Kavolchuk.

On the Cuban side was government vice-president Ricardo Cabrisas along Energy and Mining Minister Alfredo Lopez Valdes, and the interim minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Antonio Carricarte.


Argentine Movement Warns of Situation of Cubans imprisoned in U.S.

Rosario, Argentina, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Argentine Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, MASCUBA today alerted the world on the seriousness of the legal situation of four Cuban antiterrorist fighters serving unjust and arbitrary sentences in prisons in the United States.

In the Resolution "For the Freedom of the 5", adopted unanimously at the 13 Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba which concludes on Sunday, it was noticed that Rene Gonzalez could return to the island after serving his sentence and certain demands, but "the other four remain in prison."

The resolution refers to Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, imprisoned (like René) since 1998, after being condemned by a court in Miami in a manipulated process, as evidence found corroborate, and sentenced to severe penalties.

The Five, as they are known in the international campaign for their release, monitored criminal actions conceived against their country by anti- Cuban groups living on U.S. soil.

According to the text signed today, there is no political will in Washington to resolve this issue despite the global claim, including a growing portion of the U.S public opinion to which the main media try to keep on the sidelines of this case.

The panel that adopted the resolution was presided over by the Argentine intellectuals Lidia Donnini, Alberto More and Leticia Faccedini, and Cuban Deputy Kenia Serrano.

The legislator, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, headed the delegation of the island to the solidarity meeting in Rosario, attended by over 500 members from about 25 groups across Argentina and had the support of national parliamentarians, provincial and municipal councilors, among other figures.

MASCUBA and the Argentine Committee for the Freedom of the Five announced that they will redouble efforts in the fight for the Cuban antiterrorist fighters, as to promote the demand for their freedom in the Universal Day for Human Rights Declaration on December 10.

They will also support the Third Event of Solidarity "Five days of action by the Five" in Washington, from June 4 to 11, 2014, with actions outside the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

They indicated that they will increase the spread of information about the just cause of the release of the Five, in particular during the 2014 World Cup, in coordination already agreed with Brazilian organizations of solidarity with Cuba.


Cuba is not Alone, Endorse Argentine Friends from Rosario

Rosario, Argentina, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The final declaration of the XIII Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, which concluded here today, confirms the willingness of the Argentine movement of friendship to branch further and increase support to the island.

"!Cuba is not alone! !the Island of Dignity and its projects for a socialism even better are still bathed in a sea of solidarity and admiration! !If Cuba is touched the world stands!" states the declaration unanimously acclaimed.

More than 500 members of 25 groups converged around this weekend in Rosario, the birthplace of iconic Cuban-Argentine guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara for reviewing solidarity activities, provide new actions, and discuss the current challenges in Latin America and also in the Caribbean country.

The event, organized by the Multisector Rosario Argentine Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, MASCUBA, with support from the City Council (local legislature) was also attended by national and provincial congress, district councilors and leaders of unions and political, social and youth organizations.

The declaration stresses the urgent need of the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, which was described as genocidal policy, and demands the immediate release of the Cuban antiterrorists fighters who are still imprisoned in that country.

Known as the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez remain behind bars, while René González, who spoke by telephone with participants in the event, was released this year.

In that sense, the declaration calls to provide the greatest possible support to the Third World Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba to be held in Havana from October 27 to 31, 2014, while warning of the dangers that threaten the integration process and Latin American unity.

At the same time, it warns that the "reactionary right in Argentina wants to settle a government in 2015 to wipe out the achievements in human rights, social progress and friendship with Cuba of these ten years."

It also requires the return to Cuba of the territory where Washington keeps the illegal Guantánamo Naval Base and demands the independence of Puerto Rico, the closure of the American military facilities in Colombia and the return of Falkland Islands to Argentina.

The statement expresses the wish of MASCUBA of "a just solution to the armed conflict in Colombia, in which Cuba is a facilitator of the peace talks", while supporting the claim of Ecuador for Chevron to pay their colossal environmental debt of Lago Agrio.

Finally, Rosario meeting expressed concern about "the risks to world peace by triple tourniquet of the empire: the continuing economic crisis, its treacherous undemocratic spy and the plans of aggression against Syria and other countries defending their sovereignty."