Cuba supports Nicaragua at UN

The Cuban Permanent Representative in Geneva, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, rejected today the meddling and interventionist policy fostered by the United States against the sovereignty, self-determination and constitutional order of the Republic of Nicaragua, according to a press release published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Speaking at the Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in Nicaragua, as part of the 42nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council, Pedroso Cuesta also confirmed Cuban support for the Nicaraguan government and people in their decision to continue defending their sovereignty, peace, the significant social, economic, security and national unity advances achieved.

The Ambassador also stressed that respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the right to people' self-determination and the resolution of conflicts through diplomatic channels should not only be a priority, but also a point of reference in the work of the Office and in the projection of Member States.

"Constructive and respectful dialogue and true cooperation in the human rights field must be at the center of the Office's work and the guide for its staff's work," Pedroso Cuesta said.

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Cuban First VP: We come to pay tribute to Sandino

We have come to pay tribute to Sandino, Carlos Fonseca Amador and the leaders who made Nicaragua's independence possible, said Salvador Valdés Mesa, First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on his arrival in Managua, the capital of that Central American country.

At the head of a delegation that also includes Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, member of the Political Bureau and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Juan Carlos Hernández Padrón, Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua, Valdés Mesa will participate in the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, which will be commemorated this Friday.

The cubaminrex website reported that upon his arrival at the Augusto C. Sandino international airport, the First Vice President of Cuba indicated that he had come on behalf of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Government and our people to convey the greeting and recognition for an event of such significance, which brought Nicaragua so much sovereignty, freedom and independence.

He expressed his hope that this Central American country will continue to advance along a path of opportunities and satisfaction for the Nicaraguan people.

He recalled that next Saturday will also be the 40th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and Nicaragua.

The bilateral relations that we have maintained have been of a long friendship and solidarity, he added.
This date so significant for you and us will be an important occasion to continue deepening these special relations, concluded the Cuban First Vice President.

In the program for this date, the Cuban delegation laid a floral offering before the mausoleum that holds the remains of the three founders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front: Carlos Fonseca Amador, Santos López and Tomás Borge.

In the last two years, Cuba and Nicaragua have signed eight cooperation agreements in sectors such as education, tourism, trade, culture and communication, which have contributed to the strengthening of bilateral relations.

At the end of last school year, 4,630 Nicaraguans had graduated from Cuba, of whom 1,359 were doctors; 79 students from that Central American nation are currently studying undergraduate and graduate studies in Cuba.

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Evo Morales Wishes Daniel Ortega a Happy Birthday

La Paz, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday wished his Nicaraguan peer, Daniel Ortega, a happy birthday, and ratified his support for the struggle by that Central American country against political destabilization efforts.

'We send a strong hug to brother Daniel Ortega on his birthday. Happy birthday, comrade, and remember that you are not alone in the struggle against imperialism and the elites that are attempting against the Sandinista Revolution that liberated #Nicaragua', Morales wrote on his Twitter account.

Ortega was born on November 11, 1945, in the city of La Libertad, in the department of Chontales, some 175 kilometers from Managua.

The Nicaraguan Government and people are currently struggling for peace, stability and the security of productive, economic and commercial activities, after a failed coup d'état by the right wing that caused deaths, destruction and terror in the country.

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Ortega Warns of US Military Intervention, Open to Meeting Trump

In an interview to be aired Monday night, Nicaraguan President Ortega says he will talk to U.S. President Trump, but wants U.S. government out of Nicaraguan affairs.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says he is open to meeting U.S. leader Donald Trump at the United Nations Security Council meeting this month despite the fact that he feels “under threat” from the country’s military amid interventionist comments and actions from the U.S., along with other regional right-wing governments.

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In an exclusive interview taped on Sunday night, Ortega told France 24 TV, "We are under threat. We can't rule out anything out as far as the U.S. is concerned. We can't rule out a military intervention," added the Nicaraguan head of state during the interview to be aired on Monday night.

U.S. government officials have not responded to Ortega’s comments, but the United States government is moving forward to apply the Nica Act (Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act) passed in October 2017 to slap sanctions on the Central American country much like it has on Venezuela.

However, Ortega said that if given the chance, he would meet with President Trump at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to take place in New York City starting Sept. 24.

"The idea of having a dialogue with a power like the U.S. is necessary," said Ortega, and that going to the UNGA summit, "could be an opportunity (to meet Trump). ... I'd like to go."

The Nicaraguan president added, “I don’t think that Nicaragua is on President Trump's agenda,” in terms of trying to overthrow his government in a soft-coup. He says those ambitions, “have their roots in Florida,” referring to right-wing business leaders and politicians within the state with strong ties to the Central American country.

Last week, the United States ambassador to the U.N. Security Council, Nikki Haley, pushed to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the September meeting agenda, despite not having a 15-member consensus. China, Russia, Bolivia, and Ethiopia rejected the proposal saying the two Latin American countries don’t pose an international security threat.

Though he expressed interest in talking with Trump during the interview, Ortega added that if the United States wants to “contribute to peace, stability in Nicaragua and the region, they simply have to be respectful of the decisions that Nicaraguans make and not be conspiring against governments that are not enemies of the US. We are enemies of submitting ourselves to U.S. policies," said Ortega, reiterating again that the U.S. should "not mess with Nicaragua."

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The U.S. government has long sought to suppress Ortega who first came to power in 1979 as part of a Marxist junta overthrowing the Somoza dictatorship. Voted in several times as president for the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party, Ortega has implemented a slew of social welfare programs, including land redistribution, and greater access to health and education.

Between April and August of this year, 270 people died and over 2,100 were injured during major national protests in Nicaragua, according to Nicaragua's Commission for Truth, Peace and Justice. Demonstrations initially began over state plans to increase social security contributions in order to bridge a budget deficit. Those demonstrations were quickly co-opted by violent opposition groups demanding Ortega's resignation.

When asked by France 24 TV about the stalled peace talks in his country, the FSLN leader responded that “an attempt was mad; it simply did not work," but added that he wants to restart dialogue with opposition leaders and had approached Spain and Germany to help play a role. For the moment, said the president, the dialogue is "in the community, in the neighborhood, among the population ... among the people."

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Nicaragua: Popular Victory

Last Sunday, the Nicaraguan people electorally defeated the new imperialist attempt against a progressive government in Latin America, by re-electing President Daniel Ortega for the third time in a row and giving a strong victory to his Sandinist National Liberation Front.

Even though it was anticipated and polls gave Ortega a broad lead, his victory marked the revolutionary satisfaction of derailing the attempts of the enemies of our peoples to implement neoliberalism in that Central American nation.

The important thing is that the people of Nicaragua is the protagonist of its own transformations, under the leadership of President Daniel Ortega and the Coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo, elected as vice president yesterday.

This is not the first time that Nicaragua’s advances are published in the nine years of the second stage of Sandinist government, which marked a series of transformations.

The employment rate increases annually at an average of 7%, investments rose from 280 million dollars in 2006 to over 1500 million, power coverage rose from 54% in 2006 to over 85%.

Add to this a solid macroeconomic performance, a low and stable inflation, healthy public finances and a robust financial system, while the international reserves continue strengthening, backing the president when he made that some opposing forces but that still keep honest stances, collaborate with the Sandinist project.

As part of its management the Executive also boosted programs like Zero Hunger, which promotes local food production, by providing beneficiaries with poultry and other animals; and Zero Usury, which grants loans with low interest rates mainly to single mothers and female household heads.

Overall poverty decreased from nearly 42% to 29%, mainly present in remote coastal and mountainous zones, while child care is one of the main achievements of that nation that eradicated illiteracy with Cuba’s assistance.

But its best presentation card is free health and education, as well as good social security, but the nation continued to grow economically. In 2016, it achieved 4%, the second highest percentage in Latin America.

As we know, tens of thousands of Central American and Mexican children and teenagers face abuses that can cause their death, by travelling thousands of kilometers alone in order to reach U.S., apparently aimed at family reunification, but in fact it is to flee hunger and misery exalted even more by neoliberalism; none of them is Nicaraguan.

As in the first stage of the victory of the Sandinist Revolution, solidarity has remained to be basic to develop dreams, hopes and projects for the benefit of the entire Nicaraguan population.

Following Cuba’s example, Nicaragua keeps its principles and fights against adversities plotting so its people leave their solid development.

Translated by Jorge Mesa / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Ortega Swepts of Victory in Nicaragua's Elections

Managua, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Counted 66.3 percent of polling stations, the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) in Nicaragua has been ratified today in a second preliminary victory of President, Daniel Ortega, in the November 6 general elections.

According to a report provided by CSE president, Roberto Rivas, the leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) -accompanied by Rosario Murillo as vicepresident- reached 72.1 percent of vote, with a participation of 65.8 percent.

The opposition Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC) reached 14.2 percent; the Independent Liberal Party, five percent; the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance, 4.7; the Conservative Party, 2.5; and the Alliance for the Republic Party, 1.5 percent.

The result is unbeatable since the first preliminary report was released. Thousands of Nicaraguans took the streets early today to celebrate the irreversible victory of the FSLN, led by Ortega, which was devastating.

For this Sunday general elections, about four million Nicaraguans were called to elect the president and vice president of the Republic, as well as 20 national legislators, 70 departmental and regional lawmakers and 20 for the Central American Parliament.

The next report on the election results will be released today at 11:00 local time, according to authorities.

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Daniel Ortega: ALBA advances will not stop

I feel privileged thanks to Fidel (Castro), who invited me to a meeting at the Bolivar home here in Havana, and then heard the words of Chavez and to hear words of Chavez, I heard the words of Bolívar, and I was moved, said the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega y Saavedra and while participating in ALBA-TCP Summit XIII.

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