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Castro Made Decision to Leave, Official Says

April 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Mexico did not pressure Fidel Castro to leave a U.N. conference early, Mexico's foreign secretary said in a letter to lawmakers in Mexico City, adding that the Cuban leader had planned all along to make his stay short.

In a letter released by congress, Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda denied allegations that Mexico had bowed to pressure from the United States and asked Castro to leave the conference in Monterrey.

Several lawmakers from Mexico's far left have accused Castaneda of turning his back on Mexico's traditional support of Cuba.

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