• Short Summary

    With no payment from the Cuban Government since May, 1959, and an outstanding debt of over GBP6 million, British Shell companies have halted supplies of crude oil to their refinery in Cuba - now threatened with take-over by Prime Minister Fidel Castro for refusing to process Soviet oil.

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    With no payment from the Cuban Government since May, 1959, and an outstanding debt of over GBP6 million, British Shell companies have halted supplies of crude oil to their refinery in Cuba - now threatened with take-over by Prime Minister Fidel Castro for refusing to process Soviet oil. Our cameraman recently visited the suburban Havana refineries of Shell, and America's Esso-Standard Company - also expected to be seized.

    Premier Fidel Castro's revolutionary Government seized the GBP9 million U.S. Texaco petrol refinery at Santiago de Cuba, June 29, after American officials refused to refine 25,000 barrels of Russian crude oil delivered to them by the Cuban Petroleum Institute. Armed Cuban militiamen were moved inside the refinery, notices proclaimed it Cuban property and it was expected that it would soon be processing Soviet oil under Russian technicians.

    Speaking to sugar workers at Artemisa - some 45 miles west of Havana, June 28 - Dr Castro described a United States Congress Bill, which might give President Eisenhower authority to out the Cuban sugar quota, as a violation of international treaties. He said the Bill was "a shameful aggression against a small country" which would only serve to make Cuba the centre of admiration and sympathy of the entire world.

    Cuban Ambassador to Britain, Sergio Rojas Santamarina, was reported to have been "dishonourably dismissed" from his post June 28. Later, it was reported that he had sought asylum in the Argentine Embassy in Havana. In a statement made before he left London, Senor Rojas said that he would try to impress upon Dr. Castro, who was a personal friend, what the results of Cuba's present policies could be not only for the Government but for the Cuban people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5JLHPAWZJPSX50JQBNFGU7J3I
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JLHPAWZJPSX50JQBNFGU7J3I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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