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Visit of Carter Center Delegation to Cuba

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

John Hardman, M.D., Executive Director, The Carter Center

Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Director, Americas Program, The Carter Center

Dr. Robert Pastor, Emory University Professor, consultant to the Americas Program

Chip Carter, President, Friendship Force

Carter Center Staff

Dr. Shelley McConnell, Associate Director, Americas Program, The Carter Center

Deanna Congileo, Director, Public Information, The Carter Center

Nancy Konigsmark, Director of Scheduling, The Carter Center

THE CARTER CENTER is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife,Rosalynn, in 1982 to advance peace and health worldwide. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Center has helped to improve quality of life for people in more than 65 countries. Its staff of 150 includes experts working to control and eradicate diseases, diminish the stigma against mental illness, strengthen democracy, advance human rights, and improve development planning.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION AND POOL ACCESS: The Centro de Prensa Internacional is organizing, with The Carter Center, logistics for media coverage. Much of the delegation's activities will be limited to coverage by a rotating traveling media pool. An international pool will be coordinated at CPI, where a press center is being set up. All registered media will have access to pool material as well as to live broadcast feeds provided by CPI. Please contact CPI for information on pool costs, media registration, and feed schedule: Phone (537) 832-0526, 27, 28; Fax (537) 33 3836.

CARTER CENTER MEDIA CONTACT: Deanna Congileo, director of public information for The Carter Center, will have an office at the press center for this event in CPI. Also working for The Carter Center at the press center will be Larry Register, a consultant on media logistics, and press assistant Victoria Wigodsky. Deanna's cell phone in Cuba, beginning Friday,
May 10, will be: (537) 880-4366.

ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS: There may be a very limited number of one-on-one interviews with delegation members near the end of the trip. Ms. Congileo will contact select media outlets to discuss those possibilities. Please do not call her about one-on-one requests, but you can e-mail her at:

BRIEFINGS: Media will be apprised of President Carter's activities through the traveling media pool. Briefings may be provided in writing or in person, as events warrant.


SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2002
10:45 a.m. Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport. Welcoming remarks by President Castro, response by President Carter, photo opportunity with delegation.

  • Walking visit in Old Havana
  • Meeting with Cuba Foreign Minister, Felipe Pérez Roque
  • Meeting with U.S. Ambassador

7:50 p.m. Meeting with President Fidel Castro at Palace; official welcome dinner for delegation.

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002
10:30 a.m.

  • Tour Biotech Institute (Centro de Ingeniería y Biotecnología
  • Lunch with Vice President Carlos Lage Dávila
  • Tour of School for Social Workers (La Escuela de Trabajadores Sociales de Cojímar
  • Tour of Latin American Medical School (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina) and meeting with Minister of Health, Mr. Carlos Dotres

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2002

9:00 a.m.

  • Visit to AIDS sanitorium "Los Cocos," en Santiago de las Vegas
  • Visit to agricultural production cooperative "Héroes of Yaguajay" in the municipality of Alquizar, Havana Province, joined by Minister of Agriculture Alfredo Jordán
  • Private lunch hosted by farmers (Press pool returns to press center during lunch)

6:00 pm Live television address to Cuban public at the Aula Magna auditorium, University of Havana.

8: 30a.m.

  • Visit La Castellana Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center (Centro de Rehabilitación "La Castellana)
  • Visit Special School "Solidarity with Panama" (Escuela Especial "Solidaridad con Panamá) for children with disabilities. Minister of Education to join
  • Visit Popular Council "Las Guasimas" (neighborhood organization)
  • Lunch with Mr. Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada
  • Meeting at Martin Luther King Center with National Council of Churches (protestants)

8:30p.m. Dinner hosted by President Castro.

AFTERNOON Carter Center human rights and religious meetings.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2002
10:00 a.m. Press conference with Jimmy Carter. Delegation departs Cuba.

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