Cuba's Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, has denied Cuba has any intention of sending?
Cuba's Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, has denied Cuba has any intention of sending troops to assist nationalist guerrillas in Rhodesia. dr. Rodriguez was speaking in Tokyo, during a visit to Japan for talks on economic co-operation and trade. On Wednesday (19 May), he met the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Takeo Miki.
Dr. Rodriguez told reporters that Cuba had full sympathy with the black Africans opposing the white minority government in Rhodesia. But he said the situation in Rhodesia differed from that in Angola, where Cuba had been called in to help by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
He said Cuba would send troops overseas if requested by the legitimate government of the country ... as it had in the case of Angola. He added that it was a different case in Rhodesia, where the campaign was being waged by guerrillas and the African National Council, not by the government.
The Cuban Deputy Prime Minister said the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had exaggerated by saying Cuba had stationed thousands of troops in Angola and other parts of the world, including Asia. Dr. Rodriguez explained that there were 300 Cubans in Vietnam, 10 in Laos, 100 in Tanzania and some others in countries like Algeria, Yemen, Somalia and the Congo. But he said they were all physicians, nurses and technicians.
While in Japan, Dr. Rodriguez has a schedule which includes talks with several government ministers and business leaders. Japan is expected to import about 10,000 tons of Cuban sugar this year.