Cuba Celebrates Decision to Commemorate Southern Africa Liberation

Havana, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Cuba celebrated today that March 23 was declared as the Day of the Liberation of Southern Africa, when the victory in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale was celebrated that day.

In the context of the 38th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), held recently in Windhoek, Namibia, the Heads of State members of that regional group made that decision unanimously.

On that date in the province of Cuando Cubango in Angola the army of that country, supported by Cuban troops and members of the People’s Organization of South-West Africa (SWAPO), confronted and defeated the invaders of the racist a partheid regime.

According to the declaration of the Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Emilio Lozada, the triumph in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale opened the way for the process of dismantling apartheid and the independence of Namibia.

‘Cuba will continue to develop and deepen relations of friendship, cooperation and solidarity with the SADC member countries and will maintain its internationalist principles unmoved,’ the text stresses.

The SADC declaration represents a recognition to all those who were killed in a just struggle against colonialism and racial discrimination, among them Cuban soldiers, the document highlights.

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