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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cuba Awards Friendship Medal to Godefroid Tchamlesso

Havana, March 24.- The Cuban government awarded Godefroid Tchamlesso, the man that linked legendary guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara with Congolese guerrilla Laurent Désiré Kabila.

The Former guerrilla and journalist received the Friendship Medal as recognition for his loyalty to the Cuban Revolution.

Tchamlesso, currently diplomat to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, spoke about his relations with Che Guevara and Kabila in 1965 which he characterized as "unique".

The presence of Victor Dreke, second in command of Che's Column One battalion in the Congo, recalled Tchamlesso's reaction when Che revealed his true identity, when as a young interpreter announced the arrival of the legendary guerrilla to Kabila, in Dar es-Salaam.

"I owe Cuba", said Tchamlesso, who requested be buried on the island where he worked for several decades as a correspondent of Prensa Latina News Agency.

The unconditional admirer of Che Guevara, Kabila and the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, Tchamlesso stressed that the experience in the Congo was useful for the later victory in Angola and Ethiopia. (Taken from RHC)