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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony has called on the member-states of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries to practice what they preach and do more to help smaller states like Saint Lucia and its Caribbean neighbours that share membership of the worldwide grouping.

Addressing fellow Heads of Government gathered for the 14th summit of the 118 member-state international grouping in Havana, Cuba on September 16, the Prime Minister cited the host country’s international assistance programme with developing countries the world over as an example worthy of emulation.

Prime Minister Anthony pointed specifically to the assistance received from Cuba by Saint Lucia and several other Caribbean and developing countries, and said it was a worthy example of international cooperation.

“Cuba stands out as a majestic example of international cooperation,” said the Saint Lucian leader, as he addressed scores of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Affairs Ministers from the member-states of the grouping, which is also called the Non Aligned Movement.

In his address, Prime Minister Anthony said of Cuba: “This little country, enduring an economic blockade by the United States for 45 years, has trained thousands of doctors, engineers and other professionals, at its own expense, for developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.”

“Thousands of citizens from the Caribbean and Latin America have also had their sight restored and improved under Cuba's Miracle Eye Care programme,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said.
He offered a salute to “the humanitarian impulse of President Fidel Castro.”

“Cuba gives freely and asks for nothing in return,” said Dr Anthony, as he acknowledged the generosity of the host country.

The leaders had gathered for the second time in Havana since its establishment 45 years ago in the then Yugoslavia. The 6th Summit was held at the same venue, the Palace of Conventions, which was built for that purpose, in 1979.

Prime Minister Anthony also represented Saint Lucia at the 6th Summit, albeit in another capacity.

Cuba assumed the chairmanship of the Non Aligned Movement during the just concluded summit and will steer the movement over the next three years.

Prime Minister Anthony returned home from Havana on Sunday.

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