Colombo, Nov 26.- The Friends of Cuba Group in Sri Lanka launched a virtual campaign to collect signatures in support of the nomination of that country's Henry Reeve Medical Contingent for the Nobel Peace Prize, it was released today.
Dr. Tissa Vitarana, a member of Parliament and vice president of the Association of Friendship Cuba-Sri Lanka, highlighted the humanist work in several countries of the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics since its inception in 2005 by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
With this initiative, the Friends of Cuba Group in Sri Lanka thus pays tribute to Fidel Castro on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of his physical disappearance, said a diplomatic source from the Caribbean country.
During a ceremony, leaders of political parties, representatives of the Association of Graduates in Cuba, Buddhist clergy and prominent Sri Lankan university professors intervened, who highlighted the work of Cuban doctors and health workers in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The speakers also rejected the unjust and genocidal economic blockade imposed against Cuba by the United States for almost six decades.
For her part, the Cuban ambassador to Sri Lanka, Juana Elena Ramos, thanked the members of the Friends of Cuba Group for their support for the nomination of the Henry Reeve contingent to the Nobel Peace Prize and denounced the attempts to discredit the humanist work of Cuban medical collaboration. (Text and photo: PL)