Costa Rica to inform Cuba it can not preserve aiding stalled migrants

HAVANA Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis will inform Cuban President Raul Castro his Central American nation is unable to continue caring for thousands of Cuban migrants indefinitely, seeking to force a resolution to the month-lengthy crisis.

Solis arrived in Cuba on Sunday for the very first official pay a visit to by a Costa Rican president in 72 years with practically five,000 Cuban migrants stranded on his country’s northern border with Nicaragua as they seek to attain the United States.

Solis is due to meet Castro on Tuesday.

“We cannot preserve this task indefinitely,” Solis stated of the effort by national and regional officials, churches and private businesses to help the Cubans, most of them living in shelters.

“With all brotherly frankness, I will pose this in meetings to be held with the presidents of the SICA (Central American Integration Method) and in Havana with President Raul Castro,” Solis said in an address broadcast in Costa Rica.

Solis’ check out to Cuba was planned well ahead of the crisis. Costa Rica re-established relations with Cuba in 2009, the final country in Latin America to do so.

The Cubans started arriving a month ago on their unsafe 7,000-kms (4,400-mile) overland trek from Ecuador, where they could fly without having a visa to the Mexican-U.S. border, exactly where Cubans are offered legal passage into the United States.

When the United States reached detente with Cuba a year ago, it led to a spike in Cuban emigration, partly due to fears the Americans would finish the unique treatment that grants them residence with relative ease.

The issue reached crisis proportions when Costa Rica broke up a gang of human smugglers, leaving the Cubans in the lurch.

Costa Rica closed its border after arresting the smugglers, then granted the Cubans temporary visas to pass by means of.

But Nicaragua, a country additional to the north that is also a close ally of Cuba’s, refused to stick to suit, leaving Costa Rica with an ever developing quantity of migrants.

Almost five,000 are stuck in shelters on the border and an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 are held up in Panama, one particular nation to the south, attempting to move into Costa Rica.

Cuba has repeatedly blamed the United States’ Cold War-era immigration policy for enticing its citizens to danger their lives and fostering human smuggling.

Solis has promised not to deport the Cubans and to continue seeking for a way to get them to the United States.

(Reporting by Marc Frank and Daniel Trotta Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Agen Sabung Ayam