ON July 17, 2013, the migration talks were resumed between the delegations of the United States and Cuba which were headed by Edward Alex Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the United States and Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Head of the United States Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba respectively.
The meeting took place in a climate of respect. A review was made of the evolution of the migration accords in force between the two countries and the main results of the individual and joint actions undertaken by the Parties to cope with illegal migration and alien smuggling.
As an expression of its commitment to combat these phenomena, the Cuban delegation announced the ratification by the Government of Cuba of the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which are both supplementary instruments of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Likewise, it reiterated that alien smuggling could not be eradicated nor a legal, safe and orderly migration between the two countries could be achieved as long as the wet foot/dry foot policy and the Cuban Adjustment Act, which encourage illegal migration and irregular entries of Cuban citizens into the United States, remain in force.
The Cuban delegation also provided information of interest about the updating of Cuba’s migration procedures and the process to implement them.
The Cuban delegation reiterated its willingness to maintain these exchanges in the future, given their importance to both countries.
Washington, July 17, 2013