Caribbean politicians react to death of Fidel Castro

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 26, CMC – Caribbean politicians were on Saturday praising the life of Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader who died on Friday and who sought to improve relations between his Communist island and the region.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness

“The real Revolutionary. Indelibly etched in history. I pay my respects to the life and work of Fidel Castro and express the profound condolences and sympathies of the Jamaican people to the people of Cuba,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in a message on his Facebook page.

In a statement, Holness later indicated that he had written to President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica.

“The Government and people of Jamaica join me in extending to you, the entire Castro family and the Government and people of Cuba our deepest condolences on this occasion,” he said, adding Castro “will go down in the annals of history as one of the leaders who, though coming from a Caribbean island developing State, has had the greatest impact on world history”.

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President David Granger

President David Granger said Guyana was “deeply saddened by the passing of President Castro” saying “his life was of significance not only to Guyana and the friendship that he had with Guyanese leaders but also to the entire Western Hemisphere and to the world.

“He certainly transformed politics in the Western Hemisphere and we would like to express our solidarity with the Cuban people in that regard,” he added. Read more