Cuban Parliament to discuss Middle East at Fidel Castro's request
The Cuban Parliament is set to hold an extraordinary session Saturday to discuss international affairs, including the possibility of nuclear war and the situation in the Middle East, at the request of historic Cuban leader Fidel Castro, dpa reported.
The front pages of Cuban dailies Granma and Juventud Rebelde announced the meeting, which is to take place at 1500 GMT.
Analysts in Havana consider it possible that Castro, who is set to turn 84 next week, may appear before the National Assembly after an absence of over four years.
Castro said last month he would call such a meeting, to discuss among others the risk of nuclear war and the situation in the Middle East. Cuba's elderly historic leader thinks nuclear war could start as soon as a US or Israeli vessel checks an Iranian ship in compliance with UN sanctions on Iran.
Castro has insisted on this risk several times, and in a piece that was published Wednesday he said it is now "virtually inevitable."
Parliament on Sunday began this year's ordinary sessions, although the elderly Castro's seat was again empty.
Castro gave up power for health reasons in July 2006. His brother Raul Castro has since led the country. Fidel Castro was not seen in public again until last month, although he has since attended several events.