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      Subject: Cuban Delegation Migration Talks w/ United States

        Press 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.

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