Friday, March 23, 2007
Zapatero Mourns Castro's Passing, Calls for Democratic Transition
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced that the people of Spain mourn the passing of President Fidel Castro, but also made a pointed call for a transition to democracy in Cuba. "We mourn the passing of a great Latin American leader," said Zapatero. "Nevertheless, the people and government of Cuba must move toward democracy. I call on Acting President Raul Castro to develop a plan, in coordination with the Organization of American States and with the assisstance, if needed, of Spain, to move toward free elections and the establishment of democratic rule in Cuba."