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December 26, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

MEXICO WRESTLES AN APOLOGY OUT OF FIDEL CASTRO By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The furore in Mexico after Fidel Castro's "Mickey Mouse" words at a meeting of the Latin American Economic Summit (SELA) in Havana on December 2 led the Cuban leader to address a "fraternal message of friendship to the Mexican people" which covered a page and a half and was published by Cuba's government monopoly news organ "Granma" on December 19.

The message concluded by saying that "if even one Mexican feels offended by my words, I have no qualms over apologizing. Even more: If even one child still feels offended because of what I tried to say honestly and warmly, I humbly beg his forgiveness."

According to news wire dispatches, Castro had stated that Mexico, upon entering into the pact of free trade with the United States and Canada, had moved away from Latin America and that the Mexican youth knew more about Mickey Mouse than about their own independence leaders.

Shortly after the incident, the Mexican ambassador in Havana was asked by his government to return for consultations, but he later returned after what seems to be the settling of the worst public dispute between Cuba and Mexico, which has been the main ally of Fidel Castro and his revolution for more than 40 years.

According to information reaching Cuba, it has indeed been worse for the president of the United States, Bill Clinton, to find the forgiveness of the Republicans in the Senate, who have taken up the accusations of independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr and seek to move Clinton towards a political trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

But according to The Washington Post, on December 23, the 45 Democrat members of the Senate and several Republicans have indicated their approval for a vote to censure which would keep the country from taking the path of a trial which could lead to the ouster of the president.

Whether or not a bi-partisan consensus is reached, the latest polls indicate more than 72 percent of Americans want to move beyond the Lewinsky scandal and wish for Clinton to end his mandate in the year 2000.

With the support of influential people in the arts and other segments of American society, perhaps Clinton and his wife Hillary had a peaceful Christmas and will have a happy new year.

By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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