Press statement by the Cuban delegation to the migration talks with the United States

ON June 18, 2010, a Cuban delegation presided over by Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez participated in a new round of migration talks with the U.S. government in Washington.

The U.S. delegation was led by Craig Kelly, principal deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

During the meeting, which took place in a respectful ambience, those present assessed the implementation of the migratory agreements between the two countries. They also maintained a fruitful exchange on establishing more effective cooperation mechanisms to confront the illicit trafficking of persons. The Cuban delegation proposed organizing workshops of experts from the two countries in order to combat the use of false travel documents.

Deputy Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez stated: “In this round, we made advances in identifying factors that will allow us to strengthen our activities against the trafficking of emigrants, which validates the usefulness of these meetings.”

Likewise, the Cuban deputy minister reiterated that this people smuggling will not be eliminated nor will we achieve legal, safe and ordered emigration between the two countries while the Cuban Adjustment Law and the “wet foot-dry foot” policy remain in force.

The Cuban deputy foreign minister added, “These components of the U.S. migration policy on Cuba violate the spirit and text of the Migration Agreements. Besides that, they constitute the principal stimulus for illegal departures from Cuba and people trafficking by allowing the automatic admission into U.S. territory of those Cuban citizens who arrive there illegally, without acknowledging the forms and methods used, including the use of violence and the risk to the lives of those individuals on account of unscrupulous traffickers.”

The Cuban delegation invited the U.S. delegation to continue these meetings in Havana at the end of 2010.

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