New Zealand taxpayers need to confront the reality that the money and troops we have committed to East Timor are propping up a pro-Cuban, socialist regime.
From Cuba’s Granma
“AT this very difficult time, I bring friendship and solidarity for the Cuban people, who have always supported our struggle for independence and self-determination,” affirmed José Ramos Horta, president of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.
On his arrival yesterday afternoon in Havana, the president said that although his country is very poor, it is going to help Cuba in its recovery after the onslaught of Hurricane Gustav.
Ramos Horta, whose visit responds to an official invitation from President Raúl Castro, received a cordial welcome from Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera.
The visiting president said Cuba’s doctors are the real missionaries of peace in his country and, in this context, also highlighted the island’s notable cooperation in the education sphere and predicted that this cooperation could be extended to the fields of alternative energy sources and sports.
During his stay in Cuba until next Tuesday, Ramos Horta will hold official talks with Raúl Castro and other leaders, and tour places of economic, historical and cultural interest.