President of the Academy of Cuban History and Director of the José Martí National Library, Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas, explained to the audience the symbolism of the sculptural work dedicated to the Caribbean heroes and said "this monument depicts unity. By building this park we are crowning a symbol that reflects all the intensity and capacity of our peoples. "
The importance of the ceremony was underscored by the presence of the first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Mr. Salvador Valdés Mesa, and chaired by the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Esteban Lazo Hernández, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, both members of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.
Also in attendance were the First Secretary of the Communist Party in Havana, Mr. Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, and Mr. Reinaldo García Zapata, President of the government in the capital.
#Cuba The Park of the Caribbean Heroes in #Havana: Tribute for the independence of the countries of the Caribbean Community #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad #CubaCaribe @CubaMINREX @CARICOMorg @oecscommission @ACS_AEC pic.twitter.com/adWeEgDpBZ— Rogelio Sierra Díaz (@RogelioSierraD) April 26, 2019
Members of the Caribbean and Latin American diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba, ministers, representatives of national agencies and institutions closely linked to the Caribbean, members of the Caribbean Association of Cuba and the Chair of Caribbean Studies at the University of Havana also participated, as well as a large representation of students from the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community.
During the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rogelio Sierra Díaz, referred to the importance of the event, and highlighted the historic bonds of solidarity, brotherhood and gratitude that unite Cuba and the Caribbean. The Vice Chancellor highlighted "today we inaugurate a work that symbolizes the courage and commitment of those who made the independence and sovereignty of our peoples possible".
Dean of the Caribbean diplomatic corps, Ambassador Theresa Clair Clarice Charles of Grenada, underscored the current relevance of CARICOM-Cuba relations, while thanking the Cuban government and people for their solidarity and cooperation throughout more than 40 years of exchanges. She told the audience that "we are grateful that Cuba has designed and built this monument, it is an imperishable symbol of our historical relations."
Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Ellsworth John and Mr. Rogelio Sierra Díaz, the Cuban Vice-Chancellor, laid a wreath before the monument that pays tribute to the Caribbean heroes.
Cuba established diplomatic relations with the first four Caribbean countries Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana on December 8, 1972. Since then, relations have been positive and have deepened from historical ties, based on the principles of solidarity, brotherhood and gratitude.
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