Cuba pledges human resources to Africa
Addressing African foreign ministers during their ministerial meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) heads of state summit in Kampala, Uganda, Cuban first deputy foreign minister Marcelino Medina Gonzalez said Africa would always be able to count
“We are taking the occasion of the celebration of this important Summit to reiterate that Cuba has skilled human resources, medicines, vaccines and other biotech pharmaceutical products which we place at the disposal of our African brothers and sisters to contribute to eradicate malaria and other scourges which are currently a major cause of death especially among children below five years of age and pregnant women,” Medina said.
“We take advantage of our presence in this momentous event to express on behalf of our people our eternal gratitude to the African governments and peoples for their solidarity with Cuba in the struggle against the blockade, that genocidal policy imposed by the United States government against our country for more than half a century now which despite the promises made by President Barack Obama, still remains intact.
Cuba shall continue to implement its policy of friendship and solidarity with the African peoples, and will spare no efforts in maintaining its cooperation with the countries of Africa and the Third World.
Africa will always be able to count on Cuba.” He said the AU summit’s theme of 'Maternal and Child Health and Development in Africa' was encouraging.
“This is precisely one of the sectors that demands greater attention since it will guarantee the future of African peoples,” Medina said. “This Summit is especially meaningful for it is being held on the occasion of the Year of Africa.
And Cuba takes special pride in having struggled and fought during the last 50 years together with our African brothers and sisters in different areas of interest and mutual benefit.
More than 350,000 Cubans, among them Commander Ernesto Che Guevara, fought together with their African brothers and sisters, and more than 2,000 offered their lives in the lands of this continent. This Summit is also taking place in a transcendental moment.”
He said important international events had occurred ever since the 14th summit of the African Union in Ethiopia. Medina cited the ecological disaster BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which he said showed how little governments could do against those who controlled capital.
He said climate change continued to cause great damage and countries of the South were already suffering the consequences.
This is what comrade Fidel Castro has been explaining ever since June 1, 2010, when he warned of the grave danger that has been lingering upon humankind since the sinking of the South Korean vessel Cheonan.”
By Larry Moonze in Havana, Cuba
Mon 26 July 2010, 04:30 CAT