Raul Castro Opens Caribbean Summit in Cuba

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro, opened today in Havana the fifth summit of the Community of Caribbean States (CARICOM), in which 14 countries of the region participate, reported dpa news.

“The development and investment between our countries remain an unresolved issue,” said the Cuban leader, 83, in delivering the opening remarks of the event.

At the summit, the bloc’s member countries seek to expand cooperation mechanisms and trade in the region, notes the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina.

The 15 member countries of Caricom have a total gross domestic product (GDP) of 76.182 billion dollars, according to information gathered by the official Cuban Communist Party newspaper “Granma”.

Castro, who on December 14 will also chair the tenth summit of Latin American leftist bloc ALBA in Havana, said that his country remains committed to the Caribbean region.

The Cuban president said that Cuba has 1,806 aid workers in the neighboring Caribbean countries, including 1,461 in the field health care, the largest medical mission being in Haiti.

Cuba has focused attention in recent weeks by sending 256 physicians and health workers to combat Ebola in West Africa.

Raul Castro also expressed support for the claim filed by the Caribbean countries against the European powers for the consequences of colonialism in the region.

“I take this opportunity to reiterate our strong support for the just demand of Caricom for compensation from the colonial powers for the horrors of slavery,” Castro said during the opening of the meeting in the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

Castro has also been invited to the Ibero-American Summit which starts this afternoon in the Mexican city of Veracruz. The Cuban leader has not yet confirmed his attendance but didn’t discard the possibility of a last minute trip.


2 thoughts on “Raul Castro Opens Caribbean Summit in Cuba

  • “I take this opportunity to reiterate our strong support for the just
    demand of Caricom for compensation from the colonial powers for the
    horrors of slavery,” Castro said

    HMM! This sounds like a Freudian slip by “La China” Raul Castro. Talk about “Colonialism” when he and his brother have been trying to do that in all of Latin America for the past 54+ Years!

  • The main colonial culprit in South America was Spain. It was well into the 20th century when Raul Castro’s grandfather left Spain for Cuba as one of the imported “whites” responding to the Cuban government’s concerns that the increasing percentage of ‘blacks’ might exceed their own numbers. An examination of former Spanish colonies economies compared with those of say the UK, makes interesting study. Spain only took from colonies, it never invested. South America was Spanish, North America was British. The Caribbean countries were mixed.

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