Cuban Refugee Policy
Aug 25, 1994
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Secretry Tarnoff reported on the Cuban migration issue and U.S. policy toward Cuba. He indicated the average migration flow remains high, but that the 70 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels are responding and handling it .. Read More
Secretry Tarnoff reported on the Cuban migration issue and U.S. policy toward Cuba. He indicated the average migration flow remains high, but that the 70 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels are responding and handling it well. The United States is increasing its broadcasts to Cuba, discouraging Cubans from boarding rafts to reach this country. Regarding safe havens, Tarnoff said he expects announcements in the next few days from countries ready to receive Cubans. He said the Administration also is considering ways to increase legal immigration. He also stated that the Administration continues to promote peaceful and democratic change in Cuba, which is consistent with the Cuba Democracy Act of 2 years ago. He said the Administration tomorrow will announce the regulations implementing the President’s policy decisions on Cuba that were announced last Saturday. Media questions centered on these topics: movement toward talks with Cuba; Tarnoff’s reaction to Castro’s speech last night; suggestions that U.S. policy toward Cuba is contradictory; using Caribbean nations as safe havens for Cubans; the Administration’s message to Cuban citizens who oppose Castro; Secretary Christopher’s involvement in the Cuban issue; and whether the United States would consider a third party serving as an intermediary in indirect talks with Cuba.