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Adams sends solidarity greetings to Cuban people on 50th anniversary of revolution

3 January, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has extended solidarity greetings to the people of Cuba who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Mr. Adams said:

"The people of Ireland have a long record of solidarity with Cuba. I am particularly proud that the West Belfast Féile an Phobail -- The People's Festival - has welcomed representatives from Cuba, who have taught us so much about Cuban culture and politics.

"Despite the enormous problems faced by the Cuban people over the last five decades, Cuba has remained steadfast to the goals of eradicating poverty, ending privilege and corruption and of promoting social justice.

"As evidence of this commitment Cuban doctors and teachers have travelled widely to help those in need around the world. This is a great act of generosity that deserves our thanks and our praise

"So, let me extend solidarity greetings to the Government and people of Cuba as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revolution. Let me also appeal to those who may view Cuba differently to engage in dialogue with the Cuban government.

"For many years now Cuba has been subjected to an unjust economic embargo that has had wholly negative consequences both for Cuba and for international relations. It was my great honour to visit with the people of Cuba a few years ago and view the situation for myself.

"I salute the successful resistance of the Cuban people, over many years, to economic embargo and attempted political isolation.

"The current humanitarian and political disaster in the Middle East is evidence of what can happen when people refuse to talk or to acknowledge the rights of others." ENDS

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