SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Feb. 1 -- Cuban President Fidel Castro is "loser'' who has lost sight of the ideals of his 1959 revolution, said former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa.
The former labor leader who helped bring about sweeping changes in East Europe is scheduled to speak at a forum in San Juan on Tuesday titled ``Democracy: The Never-Ending Battle.''
In an interview published Monday in the San Juan Star, which is co-sponsoring Walesa's visit, the former electrician said Castro has failed to fulfill his promises and has created a flawed system instead.
But Walesa also said the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba was not a sound long-term strategy. He said the visit by Pope John Paul II would have more effect on Cuba than U.S. attempts to isolate the communist country in the Caribbean.
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