Inauguration of photographs of Cuba in Cyprus
Cyprus, 17th February 2011.- In the ample medieval hall of Castelliotissa, built when Cyprus of part of the Venetian Republic in the XV and XVI centuries, an exhibition of Yenny Munoa Coombs, who arrived specially for the occasion from Havana. Also on show, there were six paintings of Antonio Guerrero, one of the Five Cuban Antiterrorist
Unjustly incarcerated in North American prisons.
Although Yenny concentrates in Cuba’s external relations she also gathers other moments of the history of the Revolution, and the natural landscape of the Caribbean island, its people and her diverse arts manifestations. The visit to Cuba of the Cyprus President, Demetris Christofias, in September 2009, as well as that of officials from other countries, including that of Pope John Paul II. The more than a hundred visitors admired the pictures of Fidel with Arafat, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, as well as those of the guerrilla war in Sierra Maestra, where we can see a young Raul Castro with other guerrillas. Something that attracted a lot of attention was the photographs of Che Guevara with Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Stefano Stefanos, Minister-spokesman of the government and member of the Central Committee of AKEL, pronounced the opening speech, underlining the fact that the exhibition reflects the excellent relations existing between Cyprus and Cuba. On his part, the Ambassador of Cuba in Cyprus, Fidel Vascos Gonzalez, thanked the ministers and other members of the Cypriot government and the representatives of the accredited diplomatic corps, political party leaders and social organizations, as well Cubans and Latin Americans residents in the island for their presence. Referring to the paintings of Antonio Guerrero, the envoy demanded from the North American administration the immediate release of the Five and the lifting of the blockade of the United States against Cuba. Andreas Ignatiou, Secretary of the Cyprus Cuba Friendship Association, recited in Greek, a poem of Antonio Guerrero.
The medieval Castelliotissa Hall, built in the XV – XVI centuries, when Cyprus was part of the Venetian Republic, was the scenario for the Exhibition of Jenny Munoa. The paintings of Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cuban unjustly antiterrorist incarcerated in North American jails, were also shown on the same occasion.
Embassy of Cuba in Cyprus