Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Castro Hits out at US Meeting That Excludes Cuba

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Castro Hits out at US Meeting That Excludes Cuba

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CUBAN President Fidel Castro Ruz has lashed out at the United States for planning to host a summit of Latin American nations and not inviting Cuba.

Mr. Castro, speaking on Jan. 28 at a meeting of leftist and progressive groups from around Latin America, said the exclusion was purely because Cuba had not bowed to Washington's wishes that it abandon its political system. "Now they {the US} are even talking about a Latin American summit," he said, adding that Washington wants to hold an alternative to the annual Ibero-American summits that Cuba does attend.

"They {the US} don't want to forgive 35 years of resistance.... They want the image of Cuba forgotton in the eyes of Latin Americans," Castro said.

US-Cuban relations have been almost unremittingly hostile since the 1959 revolution that brought Castro to power. Washington has maintained a 32-year economic embargo on the island, and President Clinton has said relations will not improve unless Cuba makes political and economic changes. …

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