Raul Castro Arrives in New York, Will Address UN General Assembly on Monday

Raul Castro arrived today in New York. Photo/archivo: cubadebate.cu
Raul Castro arrived today in New York. Photo/archivo: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro traveled today to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly, where he will deliver a speech on Monday for the first time as head of state, reported dpa news.

Castro, who arrived around noon in New York, is scheduled to attend the Friday morning UN plenary session where Pope Francis will speak. The Pope concluded his 4-day visit to Cuba on Tuesday, where he met with Raul and Fidel Castro. From Cuba the Pope traveled directly to Washington.

When Raul Castro address some 140 heads of state or government at the UN General Assembly it will be the first time in 15 years that a Cuban president speaks to the forum. Fidel Castro spoke there for the last time in 2000.

The historic Cuban leader is famous for uttering interminable speeches of several hours, including his four and a half hour address to the UN General Assembly in September 1960, when he especially criticized the United States.

Fidel resigned from office in 2006 due to serious illness and was followed in the post by his younger brother.

23 thoughts on “Raul Castro Arrives in New York, Will Address UN General Assembly on Monday

  • Moses, I am not denying the US contributions to science, merely suggesting that credit should be given where credit is due. Lee-Berners earned his credit for the WWW just as Flowers for Colossus and Turing for his conception deserve their credit.
    I have never suggested that US policy should be driven by other countries, the US is in general considerate of the views of it’s allies. But equally, there is no obligation upon those allies to necessarily adhere to or agree with US policy. That was demonstrated when George W. Bush determined to attack and invade Irag basing his action upon the believe that Iraq was holding “weapons of mass destruction” – which was then promoted at the UN by Colin Powell.
    The previous action taken when Bush Snr. was President following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of poor little Kuwait which received wider allied support. For your interest we had a son-in-law who served in that action serving alongside the US 7th Army and the US Marines. As a Sandhurst trained professional he later expressed admiration for the organization of the forces by General Schwarzneggar but said that as the army swung around from its original position on the Saudi/Iraq border, crossing the so-called “Highway of Death” where he saw the incinerated trucks and bodies, and just as they were about to attack Saddam’s much vaunted Republican Guard which had been held in reserve, Bush issued the instruction that they cease action. my son-in-laws view at that time, which he expressed to us, was that if Bush had held off for a further 48 hours, Saddam’s rule would have been ended, But as we all know, Bush didn’t and the US lost a great General when Schwarzneggar resigned in disgust.

  • As my cousin worked at Bletchley House for SIS (MI6) and knew both Turing and Flowers, I can assure you that Colossus was designed by Flowers. Turing had the conception of a computer and described it in a paper he gave at the University of Cambridge in 1935 and proposed that it ought to be called a “computer”, thus coining the word.

  • I agree that the embargo should be lifted as soon as possible as well. The difference between us is under what circumstances. It’s a red herring to suggest being anti-CASTRO means going back to failed policies or former governments. No, I do not believe that the US is right and the rest of the world is wrong. I believe that the US is right and the rest of the world is on its way to realize that.

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