Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cubans Propose Paying for Air Transport Out of Costa Rica

Cubans Propose Paying for Air Transport Out of Costa Rica / 14ymedio
Posted on November 28, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 27 November 2015 — A group of Cuban migrants stranded
in the Costa Rican city of La Cruz on the border with Nicaragua, have
sent a letter to the country's government in San Jose, and to other
countries involved in finding a solution to the crisis, asking them to
analyze the option of a "humanitarian corridor" by air, as revealed
Friday in the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa.

Nearly 4,000 Cubans are in the north of Costa Rica where, as of November
14, Nicaragua has blocked their passage to continue on their way to the
United States. The signatories of the document, some 200 people staying
at the de La Cruz Night School assure that most of them have enough
money to meet the cost of the flight.

"Today in La Cruz, Guanacaste province, there are a significant number
of Cuban immigrants who are able to afford to travel without occasioning
any government expenditures," they say. They explain they sold their
homes and belongings before the trip and they have the support of family
and friends abroad.

This letter is in addition to other statements shared through the
Facebook page, "Let the Cubans pass." In a post published this Thursday
from Peñas Blancas, the migrants addressed the Nicaraguan people. "The
decision of President Daniel Ortego not only promotes human trafficking,
but creates a problem where none existed, putting political interests
above human rights," they write.

Just a day earlier, the Cubans sent their "heartfelt thanks" to the
institutions and people of Costa Rica. "At no time has it been our
objective to disturb your tranquility and daily routine, but given the
current circumstances we have been forced to stay longer than expected,"
they explain.

Source: Cubans Propose Paying for Air Transport Out of Costa Rica /
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