Sunday, September 28, 2008

Timor Leste Defends Cuba at UN

Dili, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Timor Leste media highlighted Friday the UN General Assembly request by President Jose Ramos Horta that the United States lift the blockade of Cuba.
Ramos Horta demanded in the session Thursday that the next Washington government stop its embargo against the Caribbean nation and stated that this kind of punitive measure imposed on poor developing countries are morally unjustified.
The statesman appealed to the future US administration and Congress to cease that siege, in an honorable gesture to increase admiration for that northern nation.
He also talked of the support his country is still receiving from Cuba.
Ramos Horta stated that about 700 Timor Leste youth are studying medicine at Cuban universities, another 140 do so in their country with professors from the Caribbean island, and the nation is carrying out a literacy campaign to teach thousands of adults to read and write.
The president, who visited the island before going New York, said that being a witness of the impact those sanctions on a small developing country and the reluctance to feasibly assist it after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, makes "my heavy heart bleed and my admiration for the United States decreases considerably." (

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