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Venezuelans Celebrate Return of Chavez

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 18 (ACN) The Venezuelan people are celebrating the return home of President Hugo Chavez, who received medical treatment in Cuba for over two months in Havana, where he was submitted to cancer surgery.

Telesur TV chain reported that after the news of Chavez’s return was published, his followers flocked to the centrally located Bolivar square to voice their satisfaction for having their leader back at home.

Parliament president Diosdado Cabello called on Venezuelans to fly the national flag in salutation of the return of the head of state, while messages flooded the social network Twitter.

Chavez arrived in Caracas in early hours on Monday and he wrote on his Twitter account “we have returned to the Venezuelan homeland. Thanks God!! Thanks to my beloved people!! Here we will continue with the treatment.” He also thanked Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Cuba.

Vice-president Nicolas Maduro confirmed the news and said that President Chavez is at the military hospital, where he will continue to take his medical treatment.

Maduro recalled the hard days of intense struggle during the recovery process in Cuba since last December.

He also thanked the Venezuelan people for their support and affection expressed to Chavez and he went on to say that Venezuela as a whole has been a united family while accompanying the President in the good and the bad times, living the uncertain moments, clinging to Christ, to life, as the commander always says.

Maduro called on the people to keep calm and organize so that the recovery process keeps going in calm and to keep working for the Bolivarian Revolution so that the president feels the effort and impetus of the people, since his return is permanent motivation.


Fidel Castro Expresses Satisfaction after Chavez Returned to Venezuela

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 18 (ACN) Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro expressed his satisfaction for the returned on Monday by President Hugo Chavez to Venezuela.

In a letter addressed to the Bolivarian leader, Fidel Castro recalled that it was necessary to wait a long time of anguish for Chavez’s return, but his amazing physical strength and the commitment of the medical team made it possible.

Fidel also stressed the permanent support given by Chavez’s relatives, his cabinet members, the armed forces and the honest people of the world, and particularly the Venezuelan people with their daily enthusiastic gestures of support.

“You learned a lot from life during these days of suffering and sacrifices. We will not have the privilege of learning from you everyday now, so we will keep in contact through the communication methods that we have used for years,” Fidel said.

“We will continue to live and fight for justice among the human beings disregarding the years, months, days or hours, as we will be humbly aware that we were called to live the most critical time in the history of humanity…,” stressed Fidel Castro.

He added that everything was carried out with discretion to prevent fascist groups from planning their cynical actions against the revolutionary and Bolivarian process.

Fidel recalled that after the fall of the socialist camp and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the imperialism used its blockade to plunge the Cuban Revolution in a bloodbath; however, Venezuela, being a relatively small country in a divided Latin America, was able to prevent it.

The Cuban Revolution leader concluded by referring to the assistance given by Venezuela to Central, South American and Caribbean countries and for this reason —he said- all honest people of the world have closely followed the news about the health progress of President Hugo Chavez.


Antonio Guerrero Dedicates Book to His Four Companions

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 16 (acn) Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist heroes condemned in the United States dedicated on Friday his book Enigma y Otras Conversaciones, to his four companions in struggle.

In a telephone call to Victor Casaus, director of the Pablo de la Torriente Brau Cultural Center, and other creators attending the presentation of the volume at the International Book Fair, he highlighted that the work also belongs to Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez, unfairly punished for their antiterrorist activities.

He also expressed his appreciation for the immense solidarity received from friends from around the world who demand their freedom and accompany the noble nature of the Cuban Revolution, many of them addressees or senders of the messages included in the text.

Enigmas y Otras Conversaciones was presented by Casaus, who read some of the most significant fragments in the presence of Abel Prieto, advisor to the President of the councils of State and Ministers, Raul Castro, and Culture Ministers Rafael Bernal, among other participants.

Mirta Rodriguez, mother of Guerrero, and Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, also participated in the presentation, along with several troubadours who dedicated their songs to The Five.


Executive of the ECLAC Thinks Highly of Her Visit to Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 16 (acn) Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), described on Friday as significant and profound her visit to Cuba and the seminar for the 50th anniversary of the island’s First Plan of the Economy.

While closing that meeting in the Cuban capital, Barcena said that the ECLAC didn’t attend the meeting just to be heard, but also to accompany the process of changes tanking place on the Caribbean island and learn from it.

We believe that our region is living a historic moment, looking at the future. That is why we need to nurture from the principles of equality, universality and gratuitous nature encouraged in Cuba a long time ago, she stated.

The seminar for the 50th anniversary of the island’s First Plan of the Economy took place at Havana’s Hotel Nacional for two days, and coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Institute of Economic and Social Planning (ILPES).

Attending the meeting were executives of the ILPES, representatives of the United Nations agencies, Cuban ministers and deputy ministers and other officials of organizations, professors and academicians of research centers.


Canadian Foreign Minister Meets with Cuban VP Marino Murillo

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 16 (acn) The Vice President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Marino Murillo Jorge, met on Friday afternoon with John Russell Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, who is on a working visit to Cuba.

Granma newspaper reported that during the meeting, both parties discussed the favorable development and prospects of bilateral relations in trade, investment and tourism.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to Havana Matthew Levin, while on the Cuban side was present Elio Rodríguez Perdomo, Director of Europe and Canada Department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX).


Cuban Tourist Center with Record Number of Visitors

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 18 (ACN) The Jardines del Rey keys, a tourist center on the northern coast of the Cuban central province of Ciego de Avila, reported a record day-occupancy of local hotels by over 6,500 visitors, a figure never reached in the month of February during high season.

Tourism Ministry communications and marketing official, Luis Baez Pena, said that more than 7,000 foreign tourists were guests at the center’s hotels, which stands for a steady growth of 139%, one of the largest figures reached in the country during the winter season.

Following the improvement of hotel infrastructure and the expansion of the extra-hotel offer for the current high tourist season, the figure of national and foreign vacationers increased at the Jardines del Rey center. The trend is expected to set a 5% historic record this year.

The Jardines del Rey tourist center counts on 4,600 hotel rooms, which expect to accommodate over 220,000 tourists, particularly from Canada, the U.K., and Argentina.



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