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U.S.: Lawyers to Demand Release of Cuban Antiterrorists

Washington, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Lawyers of different countries will take part in panels, lectures and debates from May 30 to June 5 will demand in this capital the return of tour Cuban antiterrorists arrested in the United States since 1998.

In the event to be attended also by well-known intellectuals, writers, artists, tradeunionists and religious leaders, participants will also propose the dialogue between Washington and Havana.

As a communique from the International Committee Freedom for the Cuban Five, there will be a debate between lawyers, summoned by Martin Garbus, member of the legal team defending the Cuban antiterrorists.

At the meeting organizers expect the presence of Ramsey Clark, Attorney General of the United States and Peter Schey, director of the Center for Human and Constitutional Rights of Los Angeles, California, stressed the communique.

Argentinean Beinusz Szmukler, president of the Continental Consultative Council of the American Jurists Association (2003-2010) and Graciela Rosemblum, president of the Argentinean League for the Rights of Man, said the note.

Other jurists expected to attend include Rafael Anglada of Puerto Rico, Fabio Marcelli and Tecla Faranda, of Italy; and the Cuban American lawyer Jose Pertierra, who represents Venezuela in the case of extradition of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, advances the text.

The Five, as they are identified in different latitudes, monitored the plans and actions of violent groups and individuals of Cuban origin based in the south of Florida, dedicated to organize, finance and carry out terrorist actions against the Caribbean island.

Since 2005, a panel of experts of the United Nations concluded their detention was illegal and arbitrary and asked they were freed immediately, but the request together with that of ten Nobel laureates, the parliaments of several countries, polititians, artists and millions of friends of this cause have been ignored to this moment by the White House.


Cuban Residents in Russia Send Message to Rene Gonzalez

Moscow, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Russia ratified today in a message sent to Rene Gonzalez, the antiterrorist fighter released from prison in the United States, the will to continue fighting for the freedom of his colleagues.

We rejoice the news that Rene is already in Cuba, and we pledge to continue demanding President Barack Obama the immediate release of the other four brothers, states a note released today in this capital.

We will not cease in our demand to achieve the definitive return to the homeland and reunification with their relatives of Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, and Antonio Guerrero, the statement said.

In the letter, the Cuban residents in Russia explained that they have joined to the Russian movement of solidarity and every day 5 of each month, in front of the U.S. embassy in Moscow, they demand the immediate release of these antiterrorist fighters.

U.S. Judge Joan Lenard accepted on May 3 to modify the terms of Gonzalez' supervised release, and allow him to stay in Cuba in exchange for the renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

The Five were detained on September 12, 1998 during an FBI operation conducted in the city of Miami, while trying to prevent criminal plans by Cuban-origin individuals and organizations based there.

A panel of UN experts concluded in 2005 that the detention of those antiterrorist fighters was illegal and arbitrary, and called that they were immediately released, but this recommendation and the same order by 10 Nobel laureates have been ignored by U.S. authorities.


Cuba Hosts CELAC Coordination Meeting

HAVANA, Cuba, May 9 (acn) Cuba is hosting the 5th Meeting of National Coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The meeting is taking place Thursday and Friday.

The gathering aims at getting the approval of the 2013 Plan of Action and a timeline of events of the regional integration bloc, currently chaired by Cuba.

The Cuban capital hosted the 1st Meeting of CELAC education ministers on February 7, while the Surinamese city of Paramaribo was the venue in March of the meeting of Culture ministers, and Ecuador organized a forum on the environment and sustainable development in April.

In statements to PL news agency last April, Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez announced that the bloc would meet a large integration-oriented agenda. The minister spoke with the Latin American agency at the end of a meeting of the CELAC Troika in Havana.

The community, which was founded in December 2011, will prioritize an agenda focusing on areas such as energy, finances, transportation, industrialization and the reduction of inequalities in the region.


Cuba and Guatemala to Deepen Bilateral Relations

HAVANA, Cuba, May 9 (acn) The foreign ministers of Cuba and Guatemala, Bruno Rodriguez and Luis Fernando Carrera, expressed their interest in Havana to further deepen bilateral relations, which they considered positive.

After welcoming his Guatemalan counterpart, Rodriguez expressed his satisfaction to see the positive pace of bilateral links and the existence of significant potential to keep joint work.

The top government Cuban official said he was sure that Carrera’s visit to Cuba will contribute to deepen relations and he thanked Guatemala for its support of the island’s struggle against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.

The Guatemalan minister said it was an honor for him to be in Havana as he stressed that the two foreign ministries have maintained close relations with permanent opportunities for Guatemalan foreign ministers to visit to the island.

Carrera said his country is optimistic towards the future of Central America and the Caribbean, and he considered that the region is experiencing important transformations in all nations. These changes, he said, will strengthen multilateral relations among our countries in Central America and the Caribbean and bilateral links between them as well.


Nicaraguan Business Delegation to Explore Trade Opportunities in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, May 9 (acn) A delegation from Nicaragua’s Chamber of Industries will pay a visit to Cuba, May 12 to 17, with the aim of exploring business opportunities in several economic sectors.

Cuban Chamber of Commerce official Leyani Pena announced that the delegation is made up of entrepreneurs from six Nicaraguan companies, who will meet with Cuban business executives to enhance trade relations.

The visiting business people represent entities from the Nicaraguan industry, particularly in the fields of PVC products, hydraulic connections, furniture and food stuffs.

Nicaraguan Chamber of Industries consultant Oscar Aleman told reporters that the visit aims at promoting his country’s export products and considering possible bilateral agreements.

Cuba and Nicaragua are member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA), the Latin American Integration Association and Petro Caribe regional bloc.


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