A moment of silence for the thousands of Cubans massacred by Castro’s firing squads might have been a nice touch.
Via CNS News.
After a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, United Nations member-states on Tuesday turned to the regular General Assembly agenda item entitled “the question of Palestine,” in preparation for votes on several resolutions condemning Israel.
“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” began the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji. He described the Cuban dictator as “one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century, with a great love for his homeland and the Cuban people, he dedicated his life to their welfare and development.”
“A tireless advocate for equity in the international arena, he was an inspirational figure for developing countries in particular,” Thomson added….
On a day when the U.N. marks its annual “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” a number of delegates sported Palestinian flags, scarves and keffiyehs – including Thomson himself, for some of the time.
For U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, the Israel-Palestinian conflict was not merely one of many around the world, but a “long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East and beyond.”
Others described it as being “at the heart of tensions” in the region (Jordan), among its “most pressing crises” (Venezuela), and the “origin” of regional tensions (Iran)….