Raúl Castro welcomes Venezuelan delegation after Sandy
Venezuela is among the first countries that have provided humanitarian aid to Cuba and Haiti, the most lambasted countries in the Caribbean
The delegation commissioned by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been assigned the mission of "assessing, along with Cuban authorities, on site," the damages caused by Sandy last Thursday, Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported, DPA cited.
The hurricane of 80 mph winds swept the eastern part of the island and wrecked havoc across Santiago de Cuba and Holguín. Based on preliminary estimates, the hurricane caused havoc in more than 180,000 dwellings in both provinces.
Castro welcomed Ramírez and the members of the Venezuelan delegation on Thursday afternoon at the Santiago de Cuba airport, Granma added. The delegation included, among others, the director of Venezuelan Civil Protection agency, General Luis Díaz Curbelo, and Vice-Minister for Housing, Nelson Rodríguez González.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."