CARICOM Activities Begin in Havana

The events of the Fifth Summit of the Cuba-Carribbean Community started with the ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death of the Cuban independence hero, Antonio Maceo.

Some heads of state of Caribbean countries, who will participate Monday in the Fifth Cuba-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit attended an event Sunday morning to mark the 118th anniversary of the death of death  Antonio Maceo, Cuban Independence leader.

The event took place at the Cacahual Monument, where the remains of the independence hero lie along with the remains of Francisco Gómez Toro “Panchito,” battle partner of Maceo, who also died on December 7, 1898, during the San Pedro battle.

During Sunday’s event,the commemoration of the 25 anniversary of Operation Tribute, also took place. The tribute aimed to mark the date when the Cuban population celebrated, in 1989, the Cuban heroes who died fighting for the independence of some regions of Africa. 

In the 1970s, 2,085 Cubans died fighting to preserve the independence of Angola and to end apartheid in Namibia and South Africa.

Other activities for the heads of state of CARICOM have been programmed for Sunday. teleSUR correspondent in Cuba, Fabiola Lopez, said that “some heads of state are expected to visit the national zoo, and others … will be received by President Raul Castro during the day.”

The CARICOM was created in 1973 to strengthen the commercial relations and integration of the Caribbean bloc, and since 2002 the bloc organizes a summit every three years.

The countries which will participate in this year’s summit are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belice, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago