Monday, November 23, 2015

Costa Rica Will Propose The Creation Of A Humanitarian Corridor For Cubans

Costa Rica Will Propose The Creation Of A Humanitarian Corridor For
Cubans / 14ymedio
Posted on November 23, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 21 November 2015 – The United States and Cuba should
work together to alleviate the Cuban migration crisis now facing Costa
Rica and Nicaragua. So says Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis,
who believes that the authorities of the country of origin like those of
the country of destination must help find a final solution, as reported
by the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación.

During the inauguration of the Torito hydroelectric plant in Jabillos de
Turrialba, the president expressed his hope that the meeting of foreign
ministers to be held next week could help to alleviate the problem, with
the commitment of the foreign ministers of all the nations included in
the "Cuban route."

The arrival of more than 2,500 Cubans in Central America en route to US
territory has become a regional dilemma because the flow of the
Caribbeans continues. On Friday Solis insisted that in the next round
the US and Cuban authorities should sit down with Ecuador, Colombia,
Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

The Costa Rican government will bring a proposal to the meeting to
create a humanitarian corridor free of rapes, robberies and other
indignities that characterize the current route, full of natural hazards
and human traffickers.

"We must build a transit space for the flow of Cuban immigrants to
travel safely, documented, under appropriate conditions, without
resorting to organized crime," said Solis. He stressed that "If there is
the political we will have chance of success."

In response to statements by the government of Daniel Ortega, according
to which Costa Rica is trying to play the victim and proclaim itself a
defender of human rights, the Costa Rican president asserts that the
country is not a victim "nor will it change its policy about the
granting of visas." He added that there will be no change in the fight
against the human trafficking networks.

Costa Rican authorities granted Cubans seven day transit visas to
continue on their way to the United States, but on Sunday Nicaragua
prevented them from crossing the border and accused Costa Rica of
wanting to provoke a humanitarian crisis.

"This is a conflict of humanitarian order, not geopolitical. Our
bilateral issues (in Nicaragua) are working out where it should, in
international courts. The migrant population should not suffer from the
problems between the two countries," added Solis.

The statesman stressed that his country does not need excuses to draw
the attention of the international community, "nor do we use the
subterfuges of an immigration crisis that has no origin or Costa Rica or

At the meeting of foreign ministers, to be held next week in El
Salvador, Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua's first lady, may participate. The
Government of Costa Rica hopes that Murillo will adopt a "position of
solidarity" with migrants and that her country will allow them to pass
through on the way to the United States.

Source: Costa Rica Will Propose The Creation Of A Humanitarian Corridor
For Cubans / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba -

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