US-CUBA Migration Talks: Statement by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on February 20, 2010

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FYI:  The head of the Cuban delegation, Dagoberto Rodriguez, Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs, just recently served as the head of
the US Cuban Interests Section in Washington.


PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CUBAN DELEGATION TO THE MIGRATION TALKS WITH THE
UNITED STATES.

 HAVANA, FEBRUARY 19, 2010.

 On February 19, 2010, a new round of migration talks was held between the
 Governments of the United States and Cuba. The US delegation was headed by
 Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western
 Hemisphere Affairs; and the Cuban delegation was presided over by Dagoberto
 Rodruez, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

 The meeting took place in an atmosphere of respect. Both delegations
 evaluated the evolution of the migration accords in force between the two
 countries. They also discussed some of the aspects contained in the new
 draft migration accord submitted by Cuba during the round of talks held on
 July, 2009, in New York, aimed at ensuring a legal, safe and orderly
 migration between the two countries and a more effective cooperation to
 combat illegal alien smuggling.

 In this new round of talks, the Cuban delegation reiterated the request so
 that the opening of new vacancies at the Interest Section of Cuba in
 Washington is authorized in order to optimize the consular services offered
 to Cuban citizens residing in the United States.

 Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodruez ratified Cubas unequivocal
 commitment with the implementation of the migration accords in force between
 the two countries and further stated: The meeting reaffirmed the importance
 and usefulness of this mechanism.

 The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister reaffirmed that Cuba is strictly complying
 with the letter and the spirit of the migration accords. However, he
 reiterated Cubas permanent concern that a legal, safe and orderly migration
 as established in the migration accords- would not be achieved as long as
 the United States continues to implement the Cuban Adjustment Act and the
 wet foot/dry foot policy which encourage illegal departures and human
 smuggling, since they ensure a differential treatment to Cubans arriving
 illegally in U.S. territory, regardless of the ways and means used to
 accomplish this purpose.

 The Cuban delegation expressed Cubas willingness to continue having these
 exchanges in the future.
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