JG: After the Israel massacre at Qana, Condi Rice wanted to go to Lebanon. The Prime Minister of that country told her: "Don't come. You are not welcomed here."
Now, Condi is sending a so-called "message of support" to Cubans inside the island. Their response: "We did not ask for your support. Stop meddling and interfering with Cuba's internal affairs."
Rice sends message of US support to Cubans
Fri Aug 4, 2006 6:14pm ET177
By Sue Pleming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent a message of support to Cubans on Friday, urging them to stay at home to work for "positive change" now that President Fidel Castro's leadership was in question.
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Cuba's Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto, told reporters at a Havana event that Rice's message, which followed a similar statement by President George W. Bush on Thursday, would fall on deaf ears.
"Nobody in Cuba is going to listen to a message that comes from a functionary of a foreign government. That has no value for Cubans," he said in some of the first government comments since Castro's surgery.
"I think all these messages are pure rhetoric for Miami," he said.
United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan, during a trip to the Dominican Republic on Friday, said there were "indications" Castro was recovering and wished the Cuban president well.
None of this was good news for the Miami Cuban exile community, which danced in the streets on Monday when Castro's surgery and hand-over of power was announced.