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Published:November 26th, 2016 10:11 EST
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UN Chief Ban Offers Condolences to Cuban People on Death of Fidel Castro

By SOP newswire3

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.

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At this time of national mourning, I offer the support of the United Nations to work alongside the people of the island, " Mr. Ban told reporters in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where he is attending the Global Sustainable Transport Conference . He offered his particular condolences to Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz.

Fidel Castro served as Cuba`s President from 1976 to 2008.

Recalling vividly his meeting with former President Fidel Castro during a visit to Cuba in January 2014, Mr. Ban said the two had held a lively discussion that covered developments around the world, sustainable development and climate change.

Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields of education literacy and health. I hope that Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform and greater prosperity, " the Secretary-General concluded.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55654#.WDmYP1yfvIU

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