Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cuba's Raul Castro Makes Appearance


cbs4.com

Sep 13, 2006 2:03 pm US/Eastern

(CBS4 News) HAVANA Cuba's acting leader Raul Castro has made a first appearance at the global Nonaligned Movement summit in Havana.

He was pictured on Cuban Television greeting delegates, including Choumaly Sayasone, the President of Laos.

There was a steady stream of delegates arriving at Havana's Jose Marti Airport throughout Tuesday and on into the evening.

One hundred nations will be represented at the discussions and the summit will end later this week with a meeting of more than fifty heads of state.

Terrorism will be high on the agenda over the next few days - a draft joint declaration condemns "terrorism in all forms," especially violence that targets civilians.

Delegates, including Iran, Syria and North Korea, are expected to demand a broader definition of terrorism to include the recent Israeli bombardment of Lebanon and the US action in Iraq.

The draft declaration says terrorism should not be associated with any religion or nationality and singles out the term "Axis of Evil" used by President George W Bush.

It "totally rejects" the use of the term to target other states under the pretext of combating terrorism.

One Cuban official said on Tuesday that the U.S. could one day accuse the entire Nonaligned Movement of supporting terrorism.

Debate is expected to get particularly lively after the arrival of outspoken anti-American leaders, including presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of Iran; Bashar Assad, of Syria, and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

North Korea is sending its No. 2 leader, Kim Yong Nam.

Poverty, health care and the Middle East conflict are also expected to be discussed at the week-long summit.

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