The Miami Herald
July 29, 1999

Canadian government rejects Castro's charges

 The Canadian government has dismissed Cuban President Fidel Castro's
 accusation on Monday that the United States and Canada are cheating during the
 Pan American Games being held in Winnipeg and that Cuban athletes find
 themselves ``in enemy territory.''

 Stewart Wheeler, spokesman for the Canadian Foreign Ministry, said Tuesday in
 Ottawa that the government is ``disappointed by the comments of Fidel Castro
 and rejects the charges that Canada is cheating in the Pan American Games for
 its own benefit.''

 Wheeler said officials are reading a transcript of Castro's speech to determine the
 accuracy of the statements attributed to him.