Castro's Daughter: Carter 'Wasting His Time' In Cuba
July 7, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - Alina Castro Fernandez, the daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, said Monday that former President Jimmy Carter is wasting his time visiting Cuba and talking to her father.
"Just what the hell is he doing down there?" she said during a Monday-night interview on the Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes show.
"I don't think he is going to accomplish anything. He's been a good human rights ambassador, and the idea was that he would be going there to accomplish something like that, but I think he has a different agenda," said Fernandez.
Fernandez criticized Carter for speaking about "normalizing" relations between the U.S. and Cuba. "At this point, it means lifting the economic embargo, and it's my idea that he is representing some very tough financial interests," said Fernandez.
She also Carter's trip is a propaganda vehicle for her father's regime.
She believes Carter went to Cuba posing as a human rights ambassador, when in fact, he's there to advocate easing the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, something that would open Cuban markets to U.S. agricultural products.
The Bush administration has insisted all along that the trade embargo won't be lifted until Cuba holds free and fair elections.
Fernandez also think her father duped Carter into thinking that Cuba isn't developing biological weapons, and sharing the research with America's enemies.
"He (Carter) says there is no biological venture in Cuba. Does he think that Castro would open the lab?" Fernandez asked.
Fernandez, who has been estranged from her father for many years, said it is "fair" to say her father is a murderer.
"He's had so many deaths, so many victims, not only Cubans but you have to think of the victims he has made in Angola, the Middle East and in Latin America. It's a very, very hard and sad story," said Fernandez.
Alina fled Cuba along with her daughter in 1994, disguising herself as a Spanish tourist. After several years in Spain, she came to the United States, where she now hosts a radio talk show in Miami.
She claims to be Castro's only daughter. He reportedly has seven sons by three different women.
Fernandez often finds herself at odds with her father. In 2000, she joined demonstrations to keep Elian Gonzalez from returning to Cuba, and she also led demonstrations that same year protesting against her father when he came to New York for the United Nations' 50th birthday.
She also wrote a book about her life under her father's regime, entitled Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba .
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