Cuba at International Book Fair of Belarus

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 10 (acn) The 18th edition of the Book Fair of Belarus opened its doors in

Minsk, where Cuba is represented by a stand with titles in Russian and Spanish languages.

The event, the most important of that European nation's book industry, will run until Sunday and has Germany as its guest country, the Web site reports.

While visiting the Cuban stand, the Information Minister of the host nation, Oleg

Proleskovski, pointed out that it makes it possible for the Byelorussian public to know more about Cuban culture in a more direct way, and that it also contributes to the exchange of knowledge between the two peoples.

Cuba's ambassador to Belarus, Alfredo Nieves, thanked local authorities for the invitation and for the special opportunity to bring the peoples of the two countries closer together.

Presentations of the latest books on Cuban politics and of texts about the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly incarcerated in the United States are among the activities programmed for the Cuban stand.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were arrested on September 12, 1998, and condemned to harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to two life imprisonments, for warning their people about the terrorist actions of anti-Cuban groups.

Attending the Fair are over 600 exhibitors from 22 countries, among them representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Venezuela, India, Iran, Lithuania, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Italy and the Ukraine.


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