Fidel Cas­tro hailed at U.N. as ‘iconic’ leader of 20th cen­tury

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UNITED NA­TIONS | The pres­i­dent of the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly called Fidel Cas­tro “one of the 20th cen­tury’s most iconic and in­flu­en­tial lead­ers” at a memo­rial trib­ute Tues­day to the late Cuban dic­ta­tor. Peter Thomp­son told the cer­e­mony in the as­sem­bly chamber that for many, Cas­tro “em­bod­ied the strug­gle of the global south for in­de­pen­dence, jus­tice and de­vel­op­ment.”

Nearly 30 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous groups and coun­tries lauded Cas­tro, who died Nov. 25 at the age of 90. But there were no speak­ers from West­ern na­tions. Out­go­ing U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon called Cas­tro “one of the most im­por­tant Latin Amer­i­can lead­ers of the 20th cen­tury.”

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