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STATEMENT FROM THE HEAD OF THE U.S. INTERESTS SECTION IN HAVANA

Posted July 23, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Mr. James Cason, head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, has asked our press to publish the following statement:

The continuance of Cuba’s recent difficulties has led to the persistence of a body of erroneous perceptions in relation to U.S. policy toward Cuba. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to reiterate my government’s policy on Cuba.

The United States continues to be totally committed to the Migratory Agreements dedicated to the proposition that only a safe, legal and orderly migration can take place from Cuba to the United States. The United States has its obligations in relation to the Migratory Agreements and aims to document 20,000 Cubans to travel to the United States this year in line with those agreements.

Recently there have been rumors related to a change in our policy in the context of migratory matters. Those rumors are false. Cuban citizens who take to the sea in a mistaken effort to reach the U.S. coast in an illegal and unsafe manner should be aware that our country’s security agents will make every effort to intercept them.

I repeat my former statement that the hijacking of vessels or aircraft is an extremely grave violation of both international and U.S. law. The United States will deploy its homeland security forces to intercept any form of hijacked transportation directed toward U.S. territory. Any individual of any nationality – including Cubans – who hijacks an aircraft or maritime vessel and manages to reach the United States will be brought to trial under the full weight of the U.S. legal system. Any Cuban emigrant who assaults a federal officer during such an interception can expect the full force of the U.S. legal system to come down on him or her. Alleged hijackers and other persons accused of serious crimes can expect to be detained until they are tried and to receive lengthy sentences if they are found guilty, and once found guilty will become ineligible for any permanent form of legal residence in the United States.

One clear example of the U.S. commitment was the successful trial of Adermis Wilson González, who hijacked an AN-24 Cubana Aviation passenger plane from Nueva Gerona on March 31 this year. He was arrested by the U.S. authorities after landing in Florida. Wilson was brought to trial in court and found guilty of his crimes by a jury on July 10, 2003. Wilson now awaits a minimum obligatory sentence of 20 years in a federal jail.

The Interests Section one again reaffirms its support for the Cuban people. It urges Cuban citizens interested in emigrating to avoid actions that violate the law or others that place themselves and other people in danger. If Cuban citizens wish to emigrate to the United States they must only use the existing legal channels to do so.

Member Comments

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On November 15, 2004, manuel alvarez wrote:

tengo necesidad de comunicarme con el consul o vice consul; motivo es parte de mi expediente en esa seccion.          manuel alvarez rojas; ss #075-64-3654 alien# 23182906