Castro faces human rights protests at summit

10th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 October 2005, SALAMANCA — Cuban leader Fidel Castro will be among Latin American heads of state attending a summit in Salamanca later this week.

10 October 2005

SALAMANCA — Cuban leader Fidel Castro will be among Latin American heads of state  attending a summit in Salamanca later this week.

Deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said the government had not noticed any "concern" in the United States about the fact that Castro might participate in the meeting.

The Cuban leader is likely to face human rights demonstrations if he does arrive at the summit.

De la Vega made a visit to Salamanca to oversee the final preparations for the conference, which will take place 14-15 October.

She said that the government had been informed that all the Ibero-American heads of state will be on hand, except the presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, who will likely remain at home to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Stan, which struck both countries last week, killing hundreds throughout the region.

"Except for what's going on with those countries, all the attendees are confirmed, if nothing happens at the last minute," De la Vega said, and she answered in the same vein when asked if Castro would come to Salamanca.

She said that the Spanish government expects Castro to attend because of "outward signs" it has noted, as well as from what its embassies abroad have reported and hotel reservations made by foreign delegations in the western city.

Regarding the possibility that the summit would deal with the question of human rights, De la Vega said that is a matter that is always discussed because it is "an axis" that unites Ibero-American nations.

She also said she was certain that there would be some reference made to the issue in the summit's final declaration.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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