Last week, former Cuban President Fidel Castro denounced the United States for “occupying” the nation of Haiti after it was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake, according to Russia Today
. Castro wants the UN to investigate as to why the US and other countries are sending thousands of troops to the Caribbean nation.
In an opinion piece in the state-controlled media, reports AFP
, Castro wrote “amid the Haitian tragedy, with no one knowing how or why, thousands of (US Marines) and paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division and other military forces have occupied Haitian territory. Even worse, neither the United Nations nor the (US government) has offered an explanation ... of this movement of forces.”
Castro added that nations who decide to send more troops to Haiti will just contribute to more chaos and complicate international cooperation. The retired Cuban leader advises countries to discuss the matter and have the UN monitor the “delicate situation.”
The Cuban government is not experiencing any problems sending aid or doctors to the Caribbean region, says Castro. He also said that many governments have complained that they are not able to deliver aid and supplies because troops have kept them from landing.
The Associated Press
notes that Bolivian President Evo Morales wants the UN to condemn the US for what he calls an occupation of Haiti.