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Friday, August 21, 1998 Published at 23:19 GMT 00:19 UK

World: Americas

Castro calls for Caribbean unity

The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, has called for regional unity at a summit of sixteen Caribbean nations taking place in the Dominican Republic.

Mr Castro said only strengthened cooperation between Caribbean countries would prevent their domination by what he called the club of rich nations in a global economy.

Describing Mr Castro as a great son of the Caribbean, the president of Surinam Jules Wijdenbosch said Cuba had a full right to belong to the region.

The Caribbean leaders are meeting to consider a replacement to the Lome Convention, a trade agreement between the European Union and countries of Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific which expires in the year two-thousand.

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