From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Castro Unlikely to Pay Debts to US Firms, Says Critic
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Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 18:48:50 -0400
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Asunto: Castro Unlikely to Pay Debts to US Firms, Says Critic
Fecha: Thursday, October 03, 2002 2:47 PM
Castro Unlikely to Pay Debts to US Firms, Says Critic
By Jim Burns
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
October 02, 2002
(CNSNews.com) - Cuba's Castro government says millions of
will be flowing into the communist run nation, thanks to a
U.S.-Cuba Food and Agriculture Exposition in Havana that ended
Monday. But a
Florida Republican lawmaker warns those companies not to expect a
the mail from Fidel Castro anytime soon.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a Cuban exile and one of
critics in the House, said Wednesday that Castro owes many other
and businesses money, so the U.S. firms that participated in the
shouldn't expect a quick payment now.
"I hope that they understand that the check is in the mail.
Castro is never
going to pay his debts. These American firms that are going down
signing these contracts with Fidel Castro will soon find out that
it will be
just a waste of time for them," she said in an interview with
More than 300 American companies participated in the five-day
the first of its kind since the United States instituted the
embargo 40 years ago. Cuban officials, according to Radio Havana,
that contracts worth about $90 million were signed even though
the deals did
not stipulate when the companies would be paid.
"Castro will make a few honorary payments," Ros-Lehtinen said,
simple truth is that you are dealing with a deadbeat dictator,
won't pay his bills.
Ros-Lehtinen also thinks Cuba is the worst place in which to do
because Castro has violated human rights, killed Americans and
free political prisoners and hold free elections, she said.
"Castro does not pay his bills. What they (Castro government)
want is public
financing. They want the American taxpayer to be footing the bill
don't think that we should do that," she said.
But in a speech Monday in Havana at the closing of the
said Cuba has paid for everything purchased from American based
"There was not a single case of late payment for the services and
delivered; everything was paid for in cash, despite predictions
by those who
claimed that Cuba was not in a position to pay for such
The Castro government also said Tuesday, the exposition proves
economic embargo against Cuba should be ended, something
refuses to do.