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Each respective party should determine, without outside interference, the form the struggle should take at any given time. Comrade Fidel Castro listened to all this in silence and accepted all the criticism. By stressing the areas of agreement, the well-known and certainly positive results of the conference were achieved. Even a hasty analysis of Fidel Castro’s speech of January 2, 1965, shows that the Cubans have adopted a new stance toward Latin America. Except for a brief reference to the liberation wars in Venezuela and Guatemala, [Castro] referred to the underdeveloped countries only in generalities, stressing instead the liberation struggle in Asia and Africa.

S. Navy quarantined the island. Four days later, Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles. He did not consult Castro. ‘‘We realized that we had become some type of game token,’’ Castro later said. He had expressed his feelings equally bluntly at the time: ‘‘I do not see how you can say that we were consulted in the decision you took,’’ he wrote Khrushchev. ’’≥∞ While the point is true, it must be qualified. Kennedy had hedged his pledge with conditions that the Cubans rejected. Castro had refused to allow on-site UN supervision of the missiles’ removal or any future on-ground verification that no missiles had been installed, and Kennedy had consequently rebuffed Khrushchev’s repeated requests to sign a document formalizing the noninvasion pledge.

On November 11, Vallejo sent a second message. ‘‘He emphasized that only Castro and himself would be present at the talks and that no one else—he specifically mentioned Guevara—would be involved,’’ Attwood told Gordon Chase, an NSC aide who was Bundy’s point man on Cuba. ’’ On November 18, Attwood reported, ‘‘Vallejo informed me by telephone that instructions were being sent to the Cuban representative, Dr. ’’∑∑ Three days later, in Havana, a prominent French journalist, Jean Daniel, had a lengthy conversation with Castro.

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