If interested in reading the full text of the Havana Declaration, go to Fidel’s speeches, a database of his speeches maintained by the University of Texas.
September 2, 1960, Fidel rips up the OAS declaration expressing the intention to expel Cuba from the organization. But, before this could happen, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Raul Roa, announced that Cuba was leaving the organization with the following words:
“…The Latin American governments have left Cuba on its own. I am going with my people, and with my people, the peoples of our America are likewise leaving here.”
Chavez Recalls First Declaration of Havana
HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 3 (acn) Hugo Chavez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, highlighted on Thursday the significance of the First Declaration of Havana, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
With this Declaration, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, responded to the aggressions of the United States and lackey nations against the newly-created social project, specified Chavez in a simultaneous television broadcast from the state of Zulia.
Approved in a mass meeting at Revolution Square, the document denounced the interventionist policy of the United States and proclaimed the right of the peoples to put an end to exploitation and build a new, united and independent America, he underlined.
Fidel’s speech that September 2, 1960, shook the world and announced a historic delivery: the birth of the Cuban Revolution, which has done a lot not only for that country but also for peoples in the region, Africa and beyond, emphasized the head of state according to a report by Prensa Latina news agency.
Likewise, he stressed the dignity and spirit of solidarity of the Cuban people, after speaking highly of the fraternal relations existing between the two countries, consolidated for over a decade now.
He said that, during the first years, the Bolivarian Revolution was practically isolated, and the only ally it had -and will continue to have- was the government of the Caribbean island, which gave us a hand and supported us from the start, asserted the head of state.
On September 2, 1960, over one million Cubans, met in a National General Assembly at the Jose Marti Revolution Square, enthusiastically approved the First Declaration of Havana, read by Fidel.
That historic statement was the virile reply to the Declaration of San Jose, agreed in Costa Rica during a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), in which Foreign Minister Raul Roa Garcia denounced the attacks, fallacies and maneuvers of the United States and its allies against the Caribbean island.
The text proclaims the right of the oppressed to struggle for economic, political and social vindications and to choose their own destiny; it takes up the liberating Latin American ideals of Jose Marti and Benito Juarez, and ratifies Cuba’s friendship and solidarity towards all the peoples of the world.