Condolences at UN following death of Fidel Castro

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Former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, addressing the UN General Assembly
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The UN Secretary-General has expressed his condolences to the people of Cuba following the death of their former President Fidel Castro.

Ban Ki-moon said he would be remembered for advances in Cuba in the fields of education, literacy and health.

Mr Castro passed away overnight at the age of 90.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959 and first came to power as Prime Minister. He served as the Caribbean island's President from 1976 until 2008, at which point he handed over power to his younger brother Raúl Castro.

Speaking to reporters at a UN conference in Turkmenistan, the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, said he remembered vividly meeting the former President when he visited Cuba in January 2014.

Mr Ban said he held a "lively discussion that covered developments around the world as well as sustainable development and climate change."

Fidel Castro addressed the annual meeting of world leaders at the UN General Assembly on a number of occasions.

He has the record for the longest ever speech at the General Assembly, at 269 minutes, almost 4.5 hours, which he delivered in September 1960.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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