j6 Cubans come in for Carifesta
SHe further wished the
By VIC HA festival all success and ex-
pressed the wish that the
A 66-MEMBER. Cuban friendship between Guyana
team arrived in Guyana last and Cuba would continue
night to take part in -the to grow from strength to
CARIFESTA Celebrations and rn briet reply, Mr. Sey
in an airport interview a mour told the head of the
spokesman for the group de- Cuban delegation, Director
dared that their taking part of Literature; Luis Suardiaz:
in the Festival was a wonder- "We hve looked forward
to his coming so we regret it
ful opportunity for them to very much indeed. But of
meet their "brothers" in the course, we understand."
region. The Cubans have brought
Included in the group of along the famous Aragon
gaily-dressed Cubans were 17 Ordhestra which specialises
women... all part of the in the cha cha cha. They've
team of poets, writers, artists also promised a wealth of
and dancers. folklore dances and many
They touched down at other performances. They
Timehri Airport in a Cuban are due to remain in Guy-
jet an hour after scheduled, r A vn.tI l MtMbAr 2.
but'the leader of the delega- ~
tion Luis Suardaiz, Poet and
Director of Literature, Departing on the Cuban
smilingly said that the delay jet which, brought in the
was caused because' of the CARIFESTA team were
great amount of luggage and Cuban Diplomat Rafael Salas
instruments that they had and Journalist Francisco V.
brought along. Portela, who remained over
"Apart from that we had a from the recently concluded
wonderful trip", he said. h is t o r i Conference of
However, there was one Foreign Ministers from the
sad note to the gay airport Non-Aligned countries.
welcome that greeted the Meanwhile, two ministers
Cubans. Cuba's famous poet of education of Caribbean
Nicolas Guillen, who was territories were among the
scheduled to be the leader of visitors who were expected
the group, was taken ill with to arrive last night.
a heart attack iust 24 hours They are Mr. Fitzroy Bry-
before he was due to fly out ant, Education Minister of
and as a result was advised St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla and
by his doctors not to travel. Mr. Basil Peters, Minister of
However, he expressed his Education of Antigua.
disappointment in not being Among the officials ex-
able to take part in the pected today are the Parlia-
historic festival in a touching mentary Secretary for Youth
letter, addressed to all Guy- in Barbados, Mr. Dennis
anese, which was read out at Hunte, and the head of the
the airport to CARIFESTA Haiti delegation, Dr. Teqion,
Director, A. J. Seymour. Chief Justice of Barbados,
"Dear Friends of Guyana," Sir William Douglas and
the letter read: "I regret that Lady Douglas Senor Fernan-
on account of health pro- do Simas Magalhaes, head of
blems which occurred at the the Cultural Department of
moment of departure, will the Ministry of Foreign Rela-
prevent me from being at tions and the remaining
CARIFESTA to which I was members of the Brazilian
so anxiously looking for- troupe.
ward". Others expected today too
The letter went on: "Since are Mr. Kenneth Lee, Per-
it is impossible for me to manent Secretary of Mont-
realise my wishes it is a serrat, and Secretary of the
pleasure for me to send to Netherland Antilles, Mr.
the government and people Martina.
of Guyana cordial greetings
that will express the sincere