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Cuba flays US at NAM Summit

The host of the NAM Summit has charged US with resorting to war and using economic might to impose a veritable dictatorship on the world.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 16:02 IST

Launching a blistering attack on the US, Cuba, host of the NAM Summit, has charged it with resorting to war and using economic might to impose a "veritable dictatorship" on the world.

"The world we live in becomes more unjust and unequal with each day that passes... War and economic might are being used to impose a veritable dictatorship upon the world, while an intolerant and deceitful discourse aims to distort reality," Carlos Lage, Vice president of Cuba's Council of State said without naming the United States.

He was addressing NAM delegates' meeting here yesterday to finalise the agenda for their leaders summit on Saturday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will be attending the meeting.

"What we have witnessed, instead, is the growing hegemony of a nation that resorts to economic and political pressures unscrupulously, that feels entitled to invade any country in the world to reach its objectives and which is leading the world we all live in to its own destruction," he said on the third day of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.

"The hegemonic superpower demands that those responsible for crimes anywhere in the world be tried in and even extradited to the United States; on the other hand, members of the US military, for equal or worse crimes, are to enjoy impunity - otherwise, no credits or economic aid are made available."

First Published: Sep 14, 2006 16:02 IST