Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has said in a message to students at the University of Havana that he does not trust United States policy, although he supports negotiations and peaceful solution to conflicts in accordance with international standards.
"I don't trust U.S. policies and have not exchanged a word with them. This does not mean however that I would oppose a peaceful solution to conflicts or threats of war," Castro said in a message read by the President of the University Students Federation, Randy Perdomo on Monday and which was broadcast on state television.
Referring to the re-establishment of U.S.-Cuban relations, Castro stated that "The president of Cuba (Raul Castro) has taken the pertinent steps in accordance with his prerogatives and the powers given to him by the National Assembly the Communist Party of Cuba".
"Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn't imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles," he added.
He also pointed out that "We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries."
Castro's comments were his first pronouncement on the historic diplomatic rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, following a break of more than 50 years, announced last month by Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama.
The former Cuban president has not appeared in public in a year and the latest photographs were published in August on the occasion of a visit by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Castro's message came three days after the end of the first round of official contacts between Havana and Washington held in Cuba to agree a road map on restoring relations.
Castro, 88, quit the presidency due to ill health in 2006.