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Cuba reaffirms commitment to safe and orderly migration

Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday reaffirmed the will to guarantee a regular, orderly and safe migration, after a recent shipwreck that occurred near the US coast.

On Twitter, Ernesto Soberon, director general of Consular Affairs and Attention to Cubans Living Abroad at the Foreign Ministry, assured that the US ‘should act in the same way, in order to avoid more fatalities’.

On another tweet, the official sent condolences to the families and friends of the accident’s victims, in which two Cuban immigrants lost their lives and 10 are still missing at the southern tip of Florida.

According to press reports, on May 27 the crew of a US Coast Guard vessel saw several people in the water, but was only able to rescue eight survivors and the corpses.

On Sunday, the US reported the suspension of the search efforts, without being able to find the rest of the immigrants.

Survivors’ testimonies referred that the boat in which they were traveling left Cuba on the 23rd and on the night of the 27th the vessel capsized, which triggered the disappearance of ten people.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez assured that the closure of the US consulate in Havana, the transfer of its services to third countries and the validity of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (which encourages to leave the country illegally and endanger one’s life), threaten a safe, orderly and regular migration.

‘The US political decision costs human lives’, the FM noted.


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