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Key Cuban envoy leaving UN for high Havana post

Cuba's permanent representative, Raul Roa-Kuri, a key United Nations diplomat , is leaving to take up a high post in Havana. Mr. Roa, who has served here for seven years, is expected to help shape Cuban foreign policy, Monitor contributor Louis Wiznitzer reports.

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''More times than not he has helped (in) working out compromises and he has always tried to take the points of views of others into account,'' says a Latin American ambassador from a conservative country.

Observers here say that the recent departure of some of the ''best and brightest'' UN diplomats indicates that the importance of the UN may be declining.

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