Cuban Solidarity Conference held
KOLLAM: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said Cuba is a nation that progressed after successfully overcoming several imperialist onslaughts.
Inaugurating the Cuban Solidarity Conference organised here on Wednesday by the Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship (ISCUF) to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Mr. Viswom said the U.S. had tried in various ways to destroy Cuba. Even in the face of stiff imperialist pressure from the U.S., the Cuban people vowed that they would stand for socialism or die.
In many respects, Cuba was a model to the world on how to resist the imperialist forces. Even today Cuba continues to be targeted by imperialism, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Cuban Ambassador to India Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos said that Barack Obama becoming President of the U.S. had not brought about any fundamental changes in the Cuba-U.S. relationship. This was in spite of the propaganda that a progressive government had come to power in the U.S. Whether ties between Cuba and the U.S. would improve in the future was something all concerned would have to wait and see.
He said that while the former President George W. Bush pursued harsh policies, Mr. Obama was pursuing smart policies.
Mr. Ramos said there were various fields where India and Cuba could cooperate to further improve their relationship and sport was one such important field.
He said whenever in Kerala he felt he was at home away from home. The function was presided over by Mayor N. Padmalochanan. The former Acting Chairman of the State Human Rights Commission S. Balaraman presented Mr. Ramos a golden shawl.
ISCUF general convener Soni B. Thengamam welcomed the gathering.