The following statement was released on March 5, 2013.
It was with profound and searing grief that our people and the Revolutionary Government learned about the decease of President Hugo Chávez Frías and are therefore preparing to pay a heartfelt and patriotic tribute to him, for he will go down in history as a Hero of Our America.
We convey our sincere condolences to his parents, brothers, daughters and son as well as all of his relatives, whom we feel are already ours, for Chávez is also a son of Cuba, Latin America, the Caribbean and the whole world.
In this moment of profound sorrow, we share our deepest feelings of solidarity with the fraternal people of Venezuela, whom we will continue to accompany under any circumstances.
The Bolivarian Revolution will be able to count on our resolute and unrestricted support in these difficult moments.
We reiterate our support, encouragement and confidence in victory to our comrades in the Bolivarian political and military leadership and the Venezuelan government.
President Chávez has been waging an extraordinary battle throughout his young and fruitful life. We will always remember him as a patriotic soldier in the service of Venezuela and the Bigger Homeland; as an honest, clear-sighted, audacious and courageous revolutionary fighter; as a leader and supreme commander whom Bolívar reincarnated in order to conclude what he had left unfinished; as the founder of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States.
His heroic and indefatigable struggle against death is an insuperable example of firmness. The admirable commitment shown by his doctors and nurses has been a feat of humanism and dedication.
The return of the President to his beloved Venezuelan homeland changed the course of history. “We have a homeland,” he exclaimed, filled with emotion, on December 8 last, and he returned to his homeland to confront the biggest risks imposed by his disease. Nothing and no one could ever take away from the Venezuelan people the homeland that they have recovered.
The work of Chávez emerges undefeated before our eyes. The achievements attained by the revolutionary people who saved him from the coup orchestrated in April of 2002, who have followed him without hesitations, are already irreversible.
The Cuban people consider him to be one of their most outstanding sons and have admired, followed and loved him as if he were their own. Chávez is also Cuban! He also suffered our difficulties and problems and did everything he could, with extraordinary generosity, especially during the harshest years of the Special Period. He accompanied Fidel as a true son and forged a very close friendship with Raúl.
He excelled in all the international battles against imperialism, always in defense of the poor, the workers and our peoples. Filled with passion, persuasively, eloquently, ingeniously and excitedly he spoke from the roots of the peoples; he sang our joys and recited our passionate verses with everlasting heroism.
The tens of thousands of Cubans who work in Venezuela will pay tribute to him through the fervent accomplishment of their international duty and will continue to accompany, with honor and altruism, the heroic deeds of the Bolivarian people.
Cuba will remain forever loyal to the memory and the legacy of Commander President Chávez and will continue to pursue his ideals in favor of the unity of the revolutionary, integration and independence forces of Our America.
His example will guide us in our future battles. Ever onwards to Victory!