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“Though we’ve got been given the fame of talking at nice size, the Meeting needn’t fear,” Fidel Castro of Cuba said on the outset. “We will do our greatest to be transient.”

Whereas the Normal Meeting requests that delegates restrict their addresses to fifteen minutes, on 26 September 1960, he remained on the rostrum for greater than 4 hours.

Fidel Castro’s Epic 1960 UN Speech

Delivered only one yr after the Cuban Revolution that led to the overthrow of the United States-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, Mr. Castro used his time on the podium to criticize US imperialism and its interference in Latin American affairs.

Watch UN Video’s Tales from the UN Archive episode on Mr. Castro’s speech here, a part of our series showcasing epic moments throughout UN historical past, cultivated from the UN Audiovisual Library’s 49,400 hours of video and 18,000 hours of audio recordings.

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In the UN General Assembly Hall, Fidel Castro of Cuba is surrounded by colleagues and well-wishers during the 1960 general debate. (file)

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Within the UN Normal Meeting Corridor, Fidel Castro of Cuba is surrounded by colleagues and well-wishers through the 1960 basic debate. (file)

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