Saturday, December 30, 2017

AKEL Message on the 59th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution

The General Secretary of the C.C. of AKEL Andros Kyprianou has sent yesterday a message to the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro with the occasion of the 59th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. The main part of the letter follows below:

“On behalf of the Central Committee of AKEL, its members and supporters, and personally myself, I convey warmest militant greetings to you and through you to the Communist Party, the Cuban government and the heroic people of Cuba on the 59th anniversary of the Victory of the Revolution.  As of January 1st 2018 the Cuban people will usher in the 60th year of their Revolution, the Revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship and asserted the independence, sovereignty and dignity of Cuba and its people.
Fifty-nine years on the Cuban Revolution remains as lively and inspiring, standing firmly on the ideals of socialism, patriotic dignity and internationalism that were developed by Fidel and the generation that fought and consolidated the Revolution.  A solid proof of that is found in the processes that led to and the decisions of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba along with their further elaboration and implementation with a broad participation of the people.  The frank presentation and discussion of the problems faced by the Cuban economy, to a great extent caused by the illegal US blockade, is bringing about the results that the Communist Party, Government and people of Cuba envisage. And most importantly this is done within the framework of Socialism.
In an increasingly complex global scenario of escalating US and Imperialist aggressiveness, we highly value the policies of Cuba standing against these attacks and defending the legitimate rights of peoples.  At the same time Cuba’s policies aim at building understanding and unity on the basis of principles and respect of International Law. The internationalist solidarity extended by the Cuban people to peoples in struggle or suffering due to neocolonialism and all its consequences, shows the humanism and selflessness of the socialist ideals.
The people of Cyprus has always had the unreserved political, diplomatic and moral support of Cuba in the struggle for the defense of the sovereignty, independence and unity of our country.  We are confident that this consistent solidarity based on principles towards Cyprus will continue in the current difficult phase Cyprus is passing through.
Dear Comrade Raul, 
I take this opportunity to reiterate the support of the militants and members of AKEL towards the enormous efforts exerted by all institutions in Cuba leading the work of restoring the disastrous consequences of hurricane Irma.  The fact that the human being is at the centre of your attention serves as a shining example.  I reiterate also our determination to continue rallying forces with the international solidarity movement with Cuba, demanding the end of the illegal US blockade against your county and the closing down of the US base in Guantanamo and the return of the territory to Cuba.  At a time when the current US Administration is rolling back any previously achieved improvement in bilateral relations with Cuba, we will stand by Cuba and its people.  Because your Revolution is a genuine revolution of the people, for the people and as such it has the power to withstand and move forward.”

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