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Castro defiant at Latin American conference
November 10, 1996
Web posted at: 9:50 p.m. EST (0250 GMT)
SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) -- At the Sixth Ibero-American Summit
(LATAM), attended by 19 Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-
speaking nations, Cuban President Fidel Castro Sunday lashed
out at privatization and United States influence while
defending socialist ideals.
Castro also flatly rejected a proposal by Spanish Prime
Minister Jose Maria Aznar that he open the way to reforms to
Cuba's one-party political system.
Castro, making his first visit to Chile since Salvador
Allende's presidency in 1971, visited the late socialist's
tomb in a quiet, emotional encounter in Santiago's General
An explicit call for the U.S. to repeal the Helms-Burton Law
against Cuba is likely to be part of the summit's final
statement to be issued on Monday. No call for democratic
reforms in Cuba is expected.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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