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Cuba and USA Reps Talk on Migration Issues
Cuban and US delegations started in Washington DC today a new round of migration talks, in which the two sides will review the course of the signed agreements, and discuss on cooperation in confronting illegal flow of human beings.

The visiting delegation in the biannual talks is presided over by Josefina Vidal, general director of the United States department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the host group is headed by Edward Alex Lee, deputy assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

In January 2015, Havana hosted the last session of the migration talks, and that that would be held in mid this year was postponed until today for coinciding with the restoration of diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies between the two countries.

The island said that the meeting will reiterate its concern about the validity of the "dry feet, wet feet policy," which encourages illegal immigration and violates the agreements in force.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba will also express its rejection to the "Parole Program for Cuban Medical Professionals," depriving the Caribbean nation of vital resources and affecting health cooperation with other nations.

The document will also insist that such policies encourage illegal, unsafe and disorderly emigration, and become people legally leaving the Caribbean country in victims of trafficking networks and organized crime, as currently occur with hundreds of Cubans who are in a difficult situation in Costa Rica and other states of the region.

On the other hand, the State Department offered in a press release some details of the new round of talks, and confirmed that the resumption of diplomatic relations and the steps in the process for the normalization of bilateral relations "have not changed the U.S. immigration policy toward Cuba." The talks are based on the 1994 and 1995 agreements, which reflect the commitment of the two sides to maintain a safe, legal and orderly flow of people, although both governments have been discussing the issue since 1984. / PL.

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