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Fidel Castro Present at Special Assembly Meeting
Havana Radio Rebelde Network
BRS Assigned Document Number:    000003348
Report Type:         Daily Report             AFS Number:     FL2002191990
Report Number:       FBIS-LAT-90-035          Report Date:    21 Feb 90
Report Series:       Daily Report             Start Page:     9
Report Division:     CARIBBEAN                End Page:       9
Report Subdivision:  Cuba                     AG File Flag:   
Classification:      UNCLASSIFIED             Language:       Spanish
Document Date:       20 Feb 90
Report Volume:       Wednesday Vol VI No 035


City/Source of Document:   Havana Radio Rebelde Network

Report Name:   Latin America

Headline:   Fidel Castro Present at Special Assembly Meeting

Subheadline:   Radio Reports Castro Speech

Source Line:   FL2002191990 Havana Radio Rebelde Network in Spanish 1800 GMT 20
Feb 90

1.  [Excerpts] With the presence of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, president
of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Army General Raul Castro, the
National Assembly of the People's Government has elected Comrade Juan Escalona
Reguera as president and Comrade Zoila Benitez de Mendoza for the post of vice
president.  [passage omitted]

2.  After the results were made known and received with lengthy applause, the
new leaders of the Cuban parliament took their seats, and Comrade Escalona
expressed to the plenary session his pledge to work hard to meet the goals and
defend the revolution and socialism. Following the president's words, Commander
in Chief Fidel Castro spoke, reiterating the need for unity to prevail in our
people and our party.

3.  [Begin Castro recording] We will not permit anything that damages in the
least this fundamental strength of the people. This is very clear. I think even
five year old children can understand this. I think that two and
three year olds can understand why we need unity, why we have a party.

4.  Now, among the advantages there are also disadvantages, and those
disadvantages are the ones we must know how to overcome in our rectification
process.  However, the solution must always be based on these principles. And
when you want to work....[changes thought] It is not new. I said it before the
Central Committee when we were analyzing the Politburo's proposals. Do not
think of spectacular things. Let us leave the spectacular things aside. Let us
do a lot; let us work a lot and promise little. [end recording]

5.  At this time our commander in chief is still speaking at the extraordinary
session of the National Assembly of the People's Government, which is being
held at the Palace of Conventions.