|Cuban president Fidel Castro|
Jun 16 Qatar (Prensa Latina) In a message
addressed to the 2nd South Summit here, Cuban President Fidel Castro called for a more equitable and sustainable world
order to deal with the economic model neoliberalism has imposed on it. Fidel
Castro pointed out that the neoliberal system implacably takes the life of millions of people in the poorest nations of the
"Our countries are included for exploitation
but excluded from development.," he denounced in his message to the Doha Summit, which is calling for larger South-South trade
exchange and integration.
After underlining that never before have
inequality and disparity been so ravaging, he stressed that for 852 million people, hunger constitutes a daily reality, while
one billion dollars are spent in weapons. Besides, a billion adults are illiterate and 325 million children do not go to school.
With those signs, it is clear, he warned,
nations will be unable to tackle the so-called Goals of the Millenium.
The true cause, he said, of the almost apocaliptic
energy crisis threatening the world today stems from the excesive and unstoppable outlays by rich countries and the unsustainable
consuming societies they have created.
Regarding the official aid for development,
he said that the goal of obtaining 0.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product from rich nations, does not go over 0.2 percent,
adding that what poor countries paid for their debt service in 2004 was five times bigger than what they received as official
aid for development.
He apologized for being unable to attend
the South Summit, explaining that "urgent and pressing issues" are keeping him very busy.
Fidel Castro pointed out that the US government
is maneuvering to provide shelter to a notorious, confessed terrorist who is a fugitive of the Venezuelan justice and responsible,
among many acts of terror, of the mid-air bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 innocent people.
Cuba is waging, he stressed, an energetic
campaign to denounce the US-sponsored terrorism the Island has suffered for more than 45 years, which "has caused the life
of thousands of our children and boundless material losses."