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President of East Timor Meets with Relatives of the Cuban 5

December 5, 2010 

Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, stated on Saturday that Cuba is the victim of the cold war and of the policy dictated from Miami, during a meeting with relatives of the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly incarcerated in the United States since 1998.

Ramos-Horta, who is also a Nobel Prize winner, met with Magalys Llort, mother of Fernando Gonzalez; Maria Eugenia Guerrero, sister of Antonio Guerrero, Irma Sehwerert, mother of Rene Gonzalez, and Adriana Perez and Elizabeth Palmeiro, wives of Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labañino, respectively.

Truth and justice will always triumph -underlined the President of East Timor, and the case of The Five, which the entire Cuban people has made its own and towards which millions of people have expressed their solidarity, is eminently political and its solution will be unforeseeable, but absolutely political.

During the exchange, Magalys Llort explained to the head of state the difficult
circumstances in which the relatives of the five antiterrorists maintain contact with them, and the difficulties to get entry visas.

She also referred to the complex conditions to move in US territory, without the help of the Cuban diplomatic staff, whose movements are limited.

Irma Sehwerert insisted on the need to continue informing the international public opinion, particularly US citizens, alien to the reality the five Cuban heroes are living.

Gererdo’s wife, Adriana Perez, asked the distinguished visitor to approach US President Barack Obama, as both the president of a nation and a Nobel Prize winner, and convey to him the international demand in favor of the release of the five Cubans.

Adriana gave him, as a present, the logo of The Five, carved in wood, which was originally designed by Gerardo Hernandez in prison and that today identifies in the world the battle for the release of these five antiterrorism fighters.

Present in the meeting were Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples; Ana Teresita Gonzalez, Foreign Deputy Minister; along with other Cuban officials and members of the delegation of East Timor. (acn)

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