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Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Castro Urged to End His A-Plant Program

February 20, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Cuban President Fidel Castro, long adamant about building a nuclear power plant on his island nation, is now willing to consider other sources of fuel, two of former President Kennedy's nephews said in Miami. More than three decades after the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Michael Kennedy met face to face with the man who was their uncle's most bitter Cold War enemy. The two, sons of Robert F. Kennedy, were in Cuba as part of a group of U.S. energy experts and environmental safety advocates. The group was there to discuss Cuba's energy needs and to urge Castro to abandon his nuclear program for safer alternative energy sources. U.S. lawmakers and environmentalists have warned that the nuclear plant is being so shoddily built that it could unleash another Chernobyl-like disaster.

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