Castro meets experts to discuss threats to human species

February 12th, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Havana, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has met experts from 22 countries to discuss subjects related to dangers threatening the human species.

The meeting was the 85-year-old Cuban leader’s second public appearance following the Feb 13 presentation of his memoirs “Guerrillero del Tiempo” (Guerrilla of Time), state media reported.

Castro, out of power since 2006 due to illness, spoke with the experts on the threats facing the world. The experts are guests at Cuba’s National Book Fair.

A year ago, during the 2011 book fair, Castro had also met experts and asked them to play an active role in the crises of food supply, climate change and an eventual nuclear war.

Castro proposed that the experts “read and comment” on recent news stories to “confirm the seriousness of the alarm that brought them together”.

“We can’t let ourselves be defeated by pessimism. It’s our duty,” he said.

In July 2010, Castro made a surprise return to public life after four years convalescing from an illness that forced him to delegate the presidency to younger brother Raul in 2006.

–IANS/EFE
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