Fidel Castro breaks silence on US and Cuba efforts to renew diplomatic ties

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro broke his silence this week with the United States. He gave hesitant approval to the process now underway to establish diplomatic ties between both countries. According to the “Miami Herald,” Castro said to the University Students Federation, “Defending peace is the duty of everyone. Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn’t imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles.” SEE ALSO: US and Cuba inch closer to opening embassies “We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries,” said Castro, 88, in a message remembering his admission to the University of Havana 70 years ago. If he had to do it all over again, he said he would have chosen a scientific field. Castro retired in 2006 after falling ill and ceded power to his younger brother Raúl, said he doesn’t have confidence in U.S. policy nor has he exchanged “a single word with them.” Raúl Castro and President Barack Obama announced December 17th that the two countries planned to reestablish diplomatic relations after 53 years of isolation and ever since, there has been silence from Fidel Castro about his old nemesis. His absence in person during the historic talks between the U.S. and Cuba — as well as his lack of written reflections published in the state run newspaper “Granma” — spawned rumors of his death again. The last time Fidel Castro appeared in public was over a year ago when he attended the inauguration of a Havana art gallery. Attempts at reconciliation with Washington kept failing with Fidel Castro at the helm. SEE ALSO: Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties Castro also commented on the changes he has seen in his lifetime as the world has become smaller and more globalized. He also noted that when he entered the University of Havana, it was the only one in Cuba. “Today we have more than 50 centers of higher education spread across the country,” he said. He closed his message to the students by saying: “The serious dangers that threaten humanity today should give way to rules that are compatible with human dignity. No country is excluded from such rights. With this spirit I have fought and will continue fighting until my last breath.”The post Fidel Castro breaks silence on US and Cuba efforts to renew diplomatic ties appeared first on Voxxi.

Fidel Castro (ALEX CASTRO AP FILE, 2014)

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro broke his silence this week with the United States. He gave hesitant approval to the process now underway to establish diplomatic ties between both countries.

According to the “Miami Herald,” Castro said to the University Students Federation, “Defending peace is the duty of everyone. Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn’t imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles.”

SEE ALSO: US and Cuba inch closer to opening embassies

“We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries,” said Castro, 88, in a message remembering his admission to the University of Havana 70 years ago.

If he had to do it all over again, he said he would have chosen a scientific field.

Castro retired in 2006 after falling ill and ceded power to his younger brother Raúl, said he doesn’t have confidence in U.S. policy nor has he exchanged “a single word with them.”

Raúl Castro and President Barack Obama announced December 17th that the two countries planned to reestablish diplomatic relations after 53 years of isolation and ever since, there has been silence from Fidel Castro about his old nemesis.

His absence in person during the historic talks between the U.S. and Cuba — as well as his lack of written reflections published in the state run newspaper “Granma” — spawned rumors of his death again.

The last time Fidel Castro appeared in public was over a year ago when he attended the inauguration of a Havana art gallery. Attempts at reconciliation with Washington kept failing with Fidel Castro at the helm.

SEE ALSO: Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties

Castro also commented on the changes he has seen in his lifetime as the world has become smaller and more globalized. He also noted that when he entered the University of Havana, it was the only one in Cuba. “Today we have more than 50 centers of higher education spread across the country,” he said.

He closed his message to the students by saying: “The serious dangers that threaten humanity today should give way to rules that are compatible with human dignity. No country is excluded from such rights. With this spirit I have fought and will continue fighting until my last breath.”

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