Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Saturday described late Cuban President Fidel Castro as a “strong voice for social justice”.
“He was a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly, international and regional fora,” Ki-moon said in his condolence message on the passing of Castro.
“At this time of national mourning, I offer the support of the United Nations to work alongside the people of the island,” Ban said.
“Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields of education literacy and health.
“I hope that Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform and greater prosperity
“As Prime Minister, President, Commander of the Cuban Armed Forces and First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, his role at the helm of Cuba spanned nearly 50 years.
“He left a major imprint on his country and on global politics. His revolutionary ideals left few indifferent.
“He was a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly, international and regional fora,” Ki-moon said.
Castro, the leader and emblematic figure of Cuban revolution, died at the age of 90.