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Castro's Letter to Leaders of the Arab World
Havana Radio Rebelde Network
BRS Assigned Document Number:    000013976
Report Type:         Daily Report             AFS Number:     FL0808210090
Report Number:       FBIS-LAT-90-154          Report Date:    09 Aug 90
Report Series:       Daily Report             Start Page:     2
Report Division:     CARIBBEAN                End Page:       3
Report Subdivision:  Cuba                     AG File Flag:   
Classification:      UNCLASSIFIED             Language:       Spanish
Document Date:       08 Aug 90
Report Volume:       Thursday Vol VI No 154


City/Source of Document:   Havana Radio Rebelde Network

Report Name:   Latin America

Headline:   Castro's Letter to Leaders of the Arab World

Subheadline:   U.S. Intervention Warned Against

Author(s):   Dulce Maria Corbelle]

Source Line:   FL0808210090 Havana Radio Rebelde Network in Spanish 2010 GMT 8
Aug 90

Subslug:   [Report by Dulce Maria Corbelle]

1.  [Report by Dulce Maria Corbelle]

2.  [Text] Fidel Castro, president of the Cuban Councils of State and
Ministers, today vehemently called for finding an urgent solution to the
conflict in the Persian Gulf and to avoid U.S. military intervention in the

3.  In a letter sent to the region's chiefs of state and government, the Cuban
leader said he firmly believes that they still hold in their hands the
possibility of preventing the crisis from becoming an adverse situation for the
independence of many Arab states, an economic catastrophe, and a holocaust that
would affect a large number of their peoples. In his message, Commander in
Chief Fidel Castro stressed the threat he sees being created by the growing and
accelerated preparations the U.S. military and its allies are taking for direct
intervention in the region. He warns that this threat extends, without any
possible exception, to all countries of the Third World in the most sensitive
areas of the economy, security, and the independence of each nation.

4.  Copies of the letter Fidel Castro sent to Arab leaders were presented to UN
Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar and distributed as an official
document to members of the UN Security Council.

5.  In his message, the Cuban president stresses that the regressive [as heard]
and despoiling forces will not be detained by the consequences of a military
intervention, such as the one the United States is attempting, in which Arabs
and Moslems would be divided and would shed their own blood. The first
secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba stressed that the intervention would
create such profound wounds in those peoples that it would take dozens of years
to recover. In addition, their war would cause immeasurable damage to the
infrastructure and economies of all Arab countries that become war zones.

6.  Fidel Castro's letter to the Arab leaders explains Cuba's position in the
UN Security Council and stresses that our country did not hesitate in adding
its vote to the resolution that condemned the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. 
Nevertheless, it also expresses Cuba's disagreement with the application of
mandatory economic sanctions against Iraq, an action that it says is rash and
makes it difficult to reach a peaceful solution to the problem.