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Castro / Jamaica Visit #248976

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Cuban leader Fidel Castro's visit to Jamaica brings protest that government- sponsored rally is being used for political purposes.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kingston, Jamaica) Castro arrives in harbor at Kingston aboard military training ship Jose Marti; is given impressive welcome by government of left leaning Prime Min. Michael Manley. Jamaica was one of 1st Latin American ntns. to defy Organization of American States 1972 sanction and establish full relations with Cuba. Jamaica's Labor party boycotts welcome ceremonies; Manley's comments re: this and with regard to Castro noted. Castro is greeted by United States ambassador Frederick Irving; last year, Jamaica was declared hardship post for American diplomats by US embassy. Manley government says this had serious effect on cntry.'s sagging tourist industry and Manley accuses CIA of trying to unbalance his government because of his overtures to Castro. United States denies this. Castro's comments with regard to Cuba-Jamaica relations, concerns of Jamaica merchants over Manley's social programs and Manley's response to these concerns noted. Castro is presented with Order of Jamaica by Governor General Florizel Glasspole.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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