[Marxism] GRANMA: Machado Ventura Signs Condolence Book for Vo Van Kiet

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 17 09:39:35 MDT 2008

(Vo Van Kiet, whose profile from the Wall Street Journal CubaNews 
sent out last week, was clearly someone the Cubans felt a special 
kinship for, as this Granma note indicates. Arnaldo Musa regularly 
provides national summaries for Granma's readers.

(Wall Street Journal profile of Vo Van Kiet:

(Arnaldo Musa: Five Questions About Vietnam:
June 17, 2008

Machado Ventura Signs Condolence Book for Vo Van Kiet

musa.amp at granma.cip.cu

First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura signed the condolence
book Monday at the Vietnamese embassy following the death of former
Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet.

Machado wrote:

"The fruitful life of comrade Vo Van Kiet is an example of commitment
to the revolutionary cause for the freedom and wellbeing of the
Vietnamese people, for which he fought so much.

"On behalf of the Communist Party of Cuba, the government and the
Cuban people, we express our condolences at this sad moment to Vo Van
Kiet's family, and to the Vietnamese Communist Party, government and

Machado was received at the embassy by Ambassador Vu Chi Cong, to
whom he expressed his most heartfelt condolences.

Accompanying the first vice present were Revolutionary Commander
Ramiro Valdez Menendez and Fernando Ramirez de Estenoz, member of the
Central Committee Secretariat.

Earlier in the day the condolence book was signed by Minister of
Basic Industry Yadira Garcia Vera; Yolanda Ferrer Gomez, president of
the Federation of Cuban Women; Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque;
Jose Miyar Barruecos, secretary of the Council of State; Raul Valdes
Vivo, president of the Communist Party's Nico Lopez School; and other

Numerous ambassadors and officials among the diplomatic corps
accredited in Cuba also visited the embassy to sign the condolence

Cuba expresses its condolences on the death of Vo Van Kiet 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 17 (acn) The First Vice-president of the Cuban 
Council of State and Ministers, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, signed on 
Monday the book of condolences opened at the Vietnamese embassy in 
Havana on the death of Vo Van Kiet, ex Prime Minister from that Asian 

Machado Ventuira, who is also a member of the Politburo of the Cuban 
Communist Party (PCC), wrote in the book: “The fruitful life of comrade 
Vo Van Kiet is an example of commitment to the revolutionary cause of 
freedom and well-being of the people of Viet Nam”.  

"In this sad moment, on behalf of the PCC, the Cuban government, and its 
people, we express our condolences to the Vietnamese Party, government 
and people, and to his relatives", stated the Cuban vice-president. 

Also signing the book were Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, 
Minister of Computer Science and Communications; Yadira García, Minister 
of Basic Industry; Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, member of the 
Secretariat of the PCC and head of its Department of International 
Relations; Jose Miyar Barrueco, secretary of the Cuban Council of State; 
and Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, among other Cuban leaders. 

Present at the ceremony were Vu Chí Cong, Vietnam’s ambassador to Cuba, 
as well as other representatives from that diplomatic mission.  

Vo Van Kiet died on June 11, at 86 years of age, and was buried on 
Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The veteran leader joined the revolutionary struggle at 16 years of age, 
and held important political and governmental positions in his homeland. 

A combatant for freedom against French colonialism and US aggressions, 
he was presented with the Golden Star Order, the highest state 
distinction, for his notable contribution to the Vietnamese Revolution 
over the last 70 years. 

He also excelled for his role as forerunner of the current economic 
reforms in that Asian socialist state.

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