Cuban Delegation Migration Talks w/ United States
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Subject: Cuban Delegation Migration Talks w/ United StatesPress Release by Cuban Delegation to Migration Talks with the United
HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 19 (acn) The Cuban News Agency reproduces a press
release issued by the Cuban delegation to the migration talks between
Cuba and the United States held on Friday, June 18, in Washington.
On June 18, 2010, a Cuban delegation headed by the Deputy Minister
for Foreign Affairs, Dagoberto Rodríguez, attended a new round of
migration talks with the United States Government. The U.S.
delegation was headed by Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere 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 held a fruitful discussion on the
establishment of more efficient mechanisms of cooperation to combat
illegal alien smuggling. The Cuban delegation suggested to organize
workshops between experts of both countries to cope with the use of
false traveling documents.
Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez expressed: “During this
round, progress was made in the identification of aspects that will
allow us to enhance the combat against aliens smuggling, which
validates the usefulness of these meetings.”
Likewise, the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister reiterated that human
smuggling could not be eradicated nor a legal, safe and orderly
migration between the two countries could be achieved as long as the
Cuban Adjustment Act and the wet foot/dry foot policy remain in
The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister further added that “these
components of the U.S. migration policy towards Cuba contravene the
spirit and the letter of the Migration Accords. They are also the
main incentive to illegal departures from Cuba and the trafficking in
persons, since they ensure that all Cuban citizens arriving illegally
in U.S. territory are automatically accepted in that country,
regardless of the ways and means used in the pursuance of this
objective, which may include the use of violence and the risking of
the lives of persons by unscrupulous traffickers.”
The Cuban delegation invited the U.S. delegation to continue holding
these discussions in Havana by the end of 2010.