Fidel Castro has broken silence for the first time this year and addressed Cuban students with a letter.
The letter published by the main national daily La Granma contains his first comments on the nascent process of normalization of Cuban-US relations.
Commandante Fidel, 88, says he does not trust the US policies and he has not exchanged a single word with the Americans, although this does not mean at all a rejection of peaceful resolution of military conflicts or removal of military threats.
He indicates, however, that defending peace is everyone’s duty. The Cubans will always defend cooperation and friendship among all the peoples in the world and even with this country’s political opponents, Fidel says.
He says the steps taken by his younger brother Raul Castro, who is Cuba’s President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers, were appropriate and fell in line with the occupational powers granted by the National Assembly and the ruling Communist Party of Cuba.
Fidel indicates that the ominous threats looming over humankind today should give way to norms compatible with the notion of human dignity.