Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Colom Condemns U.S. Embargo on Cuba

Álvaro Colom Caballeros, president of the Republic of Guatemala, condemned the economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for almost 50 years, after he arrived in Havana on Sunday night in response to an invitation by President Raúl Castro.

"The blockade continues to be unjust; it is anachronistic and it needs to end. The whole of Latin America supports that," Colom said.

The Guatemalan president was received at José Martí International Airport by José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, Political Bureau member and minister of public health. Colom expressed his satisfaction at initiating this visit, his first since occupying the presidency.

In a brief exchange with the press, Colom also said that he had brought with him the Order of the Quetzal, the highest distinction in his country, for leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz.


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