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Castro: Invasion Would Cost More Than Vietnam
Paris AFP
BRS Assigned Document Number:    000008076
Report Type:         Daily Report             AFS Number:     PA1205184490
Report Number:       FBIS-LAT-90-093          Report Date:    14 May 90
Report Series:       Daily Report             Start Page:     2
Report Division:     CARIBBEAN                End Page:       2
Report Subdivision:  Cuba                     AG File Flag:   
Classification:      UNCLASSIFIED             Language:       Spanish
Document Date:       12 May 90
Report Volume:       Monday Vol VI No 093


City/Source of Document:   Paris AFP

Report Name:   Latin America

Headline:   Castro: Invasion Would Cost More Than Vietnam

Source Line:   PA1205184490 Paris AFP in Spanish 0926 GMT 12 May 90

1.  [Text] Madrid, 12 May (AFP)-- Cuban President Fidel Castro has said that an
invasion of Cuba ``would cost the United States much more than the Vietnam
war.'' He made that assertion in Varadero (Cuba) to a group of Spanish
journalists, including a reporter from DIARIO 16, which published his statement

2.  ``The Yankees will have to think it over, because they would need a large
force to launch an attack against us,'' Castro added. Regarding a conversation
he had a few weeks ago in Brazil with Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez
and Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, Castro said that ``they were very
worried about a possible U.S. attack on Cuba.''

3.  ``They must have their reasons as they have good contacts with the United
States,'' Castro stressed.

4.  Regarding the Sandinists' electoral defeat in Nicaragua, Castro said that
it was due to the U.S. policy of ``attrition, blockade, and dirty war.'' He
said that, in his opinion, ``in Nicaragua the revolution lost the majority, but
the revolution has not been lost.''

5.  Castro rejected U.S. criticism on the human rights situation in Cuba and
described as ``Judas'' the East European countries that voted against Cuba in
Geneva, thus permitting a UN investigation regarding human rights in Cuba.

6.  Regarding the current changes taking place in East Europe, Castro said:
``The more people fight against socialism, the more I defend it; the more they
hate it, the more I love it.''