Sergio has left us. I heard the news of his cremation on television a little while ago. He was much younger than I. If we had more knowledge about health, perhaps he would not have gone so soon. I learned from him when I visited the beautiful mountains in the central part of the island. I admired his principles. I am sure that he would not have liked his ashes to remain in the cemetery in the capital. I hope his relatives, or whoever has that right, decide to place his ashes in a forest in the Escambray, where a tree can grow together with his memory. I will accept any decision in sincere honesty.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 1, 2008