O’Neill conveys country’s condolence on Castro’s passing


PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has extended his condolences to Cuba President Raul Castro on the death of his brother Fidel, who he succeeded.
O’Neill, who has just returned from an official visit to Cuba, said the death of a world leader, irrespective of politics, was a time to pause and reflect.
He said “outside politics, Fidel Castro pioneered the development of pharmaceuticals and healthcare services in his country and these are being extend around the world”. “On behalf of the Government and the people of PNG, I extend our sincere condolences to the Castro family for your loss, the passing of a great man of conviction,” O’Neill said.
He said he had dinner last Tuesday night with President Raul Castro who had expressed his concern over the health of his brother.
“We did not expect that the passing of Fidel Castro would be so soon,” O’Neill said.
“(His) passing is another marker in global politics. Regardless of the politics of the time, such as the Cold War in relation to Cuba, when the war is over, we all have the time to look back and to be humble.”
He said ultimately, it did not matter which side of the politics one chose during a war.
“But when a warrior passes, it is time by their convictions. The legacy that Fidel Castro leaves for the world is far-reaching,” O’Neill said.

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