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Cuba Decorates Posthumously Late Jamaican Pacifist
Jasmine Girvan, wife of Norman Girvan - a prominent Jamaican academician, economist and political scientist - received on Monday in Havana, on behalf of her husband, the Friendship Medal given posthumously by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.

The Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Fernando Gonzalez llort, vice president of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP), handed over the award given to the prominent human rights activist, who died on April 9, 2014.

In the presence of diplomats from various countries, Girvan said she was honored for such high acknowledgement, and recalled the words of National Hero Jose Marti when he said, "a real man does consider in which side he lives better, but in which side duty is."

She stressed that the self-determination of Cuba's sovereignty consolidates thanks to the sacrifice of its children, and highlighted the strength of the five antiterrorist fighters during the long years of unjust sentences in U.S. jails.

She underlined the spirit of solidarity of the Cuban people, who have always shared its good experiences in different fields with its brothers and sisters in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Of great intellectual prestige, Norman P. Girvan served as secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States and head of the National Planning Agency of the Government of Jamaica.

In addition, in 2010 he was appointed as personal representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on the border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.

On several occasions he visited Cuba, where he was also given the Honoris Causa Doctorate by the University of Havana. / ACN.

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