Arnold August

September 15, 2009 11:38 ET

President of the UN General Assembly Raises Issue of the Five Cuban Political Prisoners in US Jails

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2009) - H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann is President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly since 16 September 2008. In his speech to the Final Session of the Sixty-Third Session of the General Assembly, New York, 14 September 2009, he declared on this issue:

"We would also have liked to have considered the so-called war on terror in greater depth in our agenda. Most salient in that regard is the universally condemned case of the five Cuban heroes, unjustly and arbitrarily detained for exactly 11 years and two days, and subsequently condemned to serve heavy prison terms for having brought to light, in Miami, terrorist schemes against the heroic and ever-supportive Republic of Cuba. Despite the fact that the information was duly provided to the authorities of our host country, who have continuously claimed to have no knowledge of it, the response was to jail them. It is to be hoped that with the much-touted change and rectification policy of the new Government of the host country, there will be a correction of this miscarriage of justice, which has caused so much suffering to the five families affected and so much damage to the image of the United States that its new president is committed to improving."

- Arnold August, Montreal, Canada, author and journalist specializing on Cuba.

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