Anti-Castro unity urged by daughter

January 03, 1994|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

MIAMI -- Fidel Castro's daughter, in a telephone interview with the Miami Herald, called on all Cubans on and off the island to unite against her father's 35-year-long rule.

"Enough is enough," said Alina Fernandez Revuelta, Mr. Castro's 37-year-old daughter, who escaped from Cuba Dec. 20 posing as a tourist. After arriving in the United States two weeks ago, Ms. Fernandez Revuelta held a news conference but refused personal interviews, saying she wanted to wait until her teen-age daughter, who remained behind, got out of Cuba.

Alina Salgado Fernandez, 16, flew out of Havana New Year's Eve and is now reunited with her mother in Columbus, Ga. They are staying at the home of Elena Diaz-Verson Amos, a wealthy Cuban American who helped finance the defection.

Ms. Fernandez Revuelta's interview yesterday marked the start of a publicity campaign for Mr. Castro's daughter in exile. Besides granting one-on-one interviews with the print press, she was also appearing on television shows. She tentatively was scheduled to be interviewed today on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Ms. Fernandez Revuelta said she did not leave Cuba with a magic formula to resolve the crisis in her homeland. But pressed for an answer, she said perhaps the best solution was national unity for all Cubans, those in exile and those on the island.

Asked if she agreed with her host, Ms. Diaz-Verson Amos, who in a separate interview yesterday proposed that exiles and island dissidents unite against Mr. Castro, Ms. Fernandez Revuelta said she did: "Of course, a grand national union, a general consensus, is what's needed."

Should an accord involve your father?

"The situation desperately demands a solution," she said, cautiously choosing her words, aware that dialogue with Mr. Castro is anathema to many exiles. "If he is still there because the people over there allow it, then well . . . I don't know. I need more information. What we need is a solution for the long term."

Originally, she said, she thought that perhaps ending the embargo was one possible outcome. But since arriving in exile, Ms. Fernandez Revuelta said she had reassessed her initial stand.

"I used to think that perhaps temporarily an idea for a solution would be to lift the embargo," Ms. Fernandez Revuelta said. "But here I find that many people in the exile community, a majority in fact, are for the embargo."

As a result, Ms. Fernandez Revuelta said, she is in the process of "acquiring new information" to re-evaluate her position. Ultimately what stand she will choose, she said, is unclear.

"I haven't had time to talk with anyone at length on this to reach any new conclusions," she said. "But evidently I cannot be the only person to think differently. I would like to be better informed first about how people here think, listen to all the sides."

Ms. Fernandez Revuelta did not say who she plans to talk to about the issues. But among exiles, different viewpoints have arisen in recent times on how to trigger the demise of the Castro regime.

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