I met writer Gabriel García Márquez and Fidel Castro at the Convention Palace in Havana during a medical meeting I attended in Cuba in the early 1980s.

I also had the honor of being extensively quoted in one of his articles, "Con las Malvinas o sin ellas" (With or Without the Malvinas). My article (which I had signed under the pseudonym Juan Montalvo to protect my family in Argentina) was a long interview with two leaders of the "Madres of Plaza de Mayo" organization in Argentina. They are a courageous group of women who still search for their sons and daughters "made to disappear" by the Argentine military ruling the country.

In his article, García Márquez reflects on two of his main preoccupations: the abusive relationship between big industrial powers and Latin American and Caribbean countries, and the state of human rights on the continent.