President affirms positive visit
• Statement by
President Raúl Castro on the coup d’état in Paraguay
Aliana Nieves Quesada
PRESIDENT Alexander Lukashenko of
Belarus stated at the end of an official visit to
Cuba that his stay had been a highly positive one,
while emphasizing his government’s major prospects
in terms of relations with ALBA and other Latin
Castro and Alexander
Lukashenko during their meeting.
(PHOTO: ESTUDIOS REVOLUCION)
Lukashenko, who was continuing his
tour in Venezuela, stated that Belarus hopes to
establish bases there for economic cooperation with
the rest of Latin America.
President Raúl Castro bade farewell
to the leader at José Martí International Airport,
and asked him to convey an embrace to the Venezuelan
people from the peoples of Cuba and Belarus.
The Belarusian and Cuban Presidents
had a fraternal meeting in which they discussed the
excellent state of bilateral relations.
Speaking to the press, Raúl observed
that the recent events in Latin America did not
surprise him. "Coups d’état have returned, but
disguised," he said, in reference to the impeachment
of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.
"It was a coup, it is not by chance
(…) in this case they utilized Parliament and the
reactionary majority they have within it."
The Cuban leader related that one
day, talking with Fidel, he commented that when the
United States felt its interests in Latin America
threatened, coups would reappear.
He recalled the role played by Henry
Kissinger in the military coup against Chilean
President Salvador Allende in 1973, and emphasized
that this had become such a discredited method that
it has been replaced by other mechanisms such as so
called democratic liberties and certificates of good
conduct granted by Washington in order to justify
The President noted what took place
in Venezuela in 2002, when "they despaired of Chávez
and invented a military coup which failed and the
people saved their President."
He also made reference to what took
place in Bolivia, where a variant in the method was
utilized. This time it was to be through the
secession of Media Luna department, led by the local
oligarchy and the ultra-right, but UNASUR heads of
state met and succeeded in containing the action.
Then came the turn of Honduras, an
ALBA member country at the time, when "they placed
the President aboard a light aircraft and flew him
to the Palmerola base, notorious since the era of
fighting the Nicaraguan Revolution… From there he
was transferred to Costa Rica, where they left the
President in the middle of the runway."
Raúl ended his statement by
recalling what happened in Ecuador. "Whoever has
seen police making coups d’état? They will continue,
that’s the motive."
Before leaving, the Belarusian
leader placed a wreath at the José Martí Memorial in
Plaza de la Revolución, accompanied by Deputy
Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez and other
members of the Cuban and Belarusian Foreign
Bilateral activities included the
signing of two agreements and three memoranda of
cooperation in science, technology, health and
Vladimir Semashko, Belarusian First
Deputy Prime Minister, described Cuba as a world
leader in pharmacology and biotechnology and
affirmed his country’s interest in the island’s
advice in this context.
Semashko added that the two
countries agreed to discuss projects for repairing
Belarusian transportation and freight means acquired
by Cuba and to plan deliveries of spare parts and
In May of this year, Cuba and
Belarus celebrated the 20th anniversary of
diplomatic relations. Bilateral trade reached a
total of $50 million in 2011.