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

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    nidal, you will find a beautiful country with wonderful people. Getting to see the US naval base at Guantanamo is more difficult. I guess you will travel by Viazul and the nearest of its routes is the one from the town of Guantanamo to Baracoa and there is little to be seen – it merely passes the end of a road which originally ran into the base.
    I believe it is possible if you dismount at the town, to eventually reach a point where the base can be seen distantly through a telescope.
    As for the culture, despite the efforts of the Castro family regime to change it to a socialist one, happily it is far too strong to change. A change away from the totalitarian communist regime would however allow that distinct culture to blossom in the freedom it merits and to regain that which has been lost.
    There are tours of foreign “Che” devotees that go to Santa Clara most wearing that much overused image of their hero on T shirts as the survey the huge Fidel Castro inspired mausoleum and 5-7 acre concrete park, with a memorial park for other “heroes” tucked in well behind the massive bronze statue of a gun wielding “Che”. It is way over the top and in my view, Dr. Guevara would have opposed its construction as he was a genuine revolutionary, not a power seeking dictatorial Castro and would have preferred that the enormous cost would have been contributed to the people. but then I guess that is why he resigned from the regime.
    My preference is for the museum in Santa Clara that records the train derailment as it has the original carriages with art displayed in the interiors.
    Obviously it is impossible for Fidel Castro to travel far wearing his colostomy bag. The bag is one of the reasons why wearing a suit is difficult and why he prefers to wear his Adidas sport clothing which helps to cover the bag. When his bowel problem started, he was advised to have a colostomy but declined, however he eventually had to accept it was necessary. Obviously with his controlling personality he found that decision difficult.

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Whereas I admire your enthusiasm and pride of country Moses, you are failing to recognize the work of others. The US did not invent the Internet, the originator is still alive in the UK. Watson and Crick similarly unveiled the double helix. Dr. Tommy Flowers designed and constructed the world’s first computer, Colossus.
    I am just trying to keep your good feet on the ground! Don’t ask me what Canada introduced – I might be stuck!
    I loved your reaction to ronrobel777 regarding Cubans to start dog-walking businesses. My mind went to all our neighbourhood dogs, the ones tied to open ended barrels in back yards, the ones up on the roofs, the one-eyed Dachshund
    owned by a guy who spends all day on a bench watching passers-by and indeed our own pooch – the only one I know possessing not only a collar but a leash and her name on a disc – obviously the local aristocrat!

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    We are Americans. Being the only country to do _____ is nothing new. We went to the moon, we invented the internet, we mapped the human genome. Taking a stand for Cuban democracy, even by ourselves, is who we are. Allowing Cubans to start dog-walking businesses has its place. But are you really satisfied with that? You didn’t answer my question: How do you ignore their [Cubans] cries for freedom and focus on the lifting of the embargo? 

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Muchos gracias Moses – I’ll include one for you!

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I suggest if you want to try Cuban cuisine you should make a stop in Miami. You won’t find it, for the most part, in Cuba. If the “culture” does change perhapse it will be with the re-introduction of this cuisine to Cuba. There are, by the way, other aspects of the Cuban culture which have disappeared under 50 years of Communist rule, sadly probably never to reappear.

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:38 am

    we are the only country with an embargo on Cuba. Recent opening allows many Cubans to establish businesses and become independent.

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

    free in terms of being allowed to go there. but have to admit you got me on that one.

  • September 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

    When you write that you want to see the culture before it changes, what are you referring to? Do you expect Cuban son to disappear? Are you afraid that tourism will change the way Cubans from the east dress in the same color head-to-toe? If so, you can relax, everything that makes Cuba, Cuba, will not change. If anything, tourism will put a few more $$$ in the pockets of those Cubans who interact with tourists. In that case, Cuba will change for the better. You may actually get to eat ropa vieja in Cuba. Don’t just parrot stupid comments. Cuba is not going anywhere.

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