1962 Caribbean crisis international conference in Cuba

In the first day of work of an international conference on the 40th anniversary of the Caribbean crisis, held in Cuba, several earlier classified documents have been published. They particularly touch upon the 1962 meetings between American President John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev's son-in-law Alexei Adzhubei.

Participants in the Havana forum "October Crisis: A Political View 40 Years After" are representatives of the former USSR and the US having to do with the 1962 autumn events, when Soviet missiles were stationed in Cuba.

It is the sixth suchlike get-together of experts from different countries on the Caribbean crisis, which put the world on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. The first meeting was held in the United States in 1987.

Opening up the session, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba Jose Ramon Fernandez said the Havana meeting was not designed for a high-pitched dialogue or confrontation but "offers a unique opportunity to restore and leave for the posterity the historical truth about those events." On Saturday the conference, attended by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, will continue at the Palace of Congresses in Havana. On Sunday its participants will visit places related to the 1962 crisis, such as a missile silo in the province Pinar del Rio.

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