Ecuador Announces Visa Requirement for Cubans
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Xavier Lasso, in a press conference held on Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, expressed a group of considerations on the subject
2015-11-27 | 16:51:18 EST
As part of the measures being taken by countries in the region to contain irregular migration flows, the Government of Ecuador has decided to establish a visa requirement for tourism and transit for entry of citizens of the Republic of Cuba, from December first.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Xavier Lasso, in a press conference held on Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, listed a group of considerations on the subject, set forth below:
This is an exceptional measure to protect Cuban citizens, a precaution for their rights so they do not fall into the hands of the mafias.
The aim is to contain the migratory flow that has been created on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
He was repetitive in saying that Ecuador is not closing the door to Cubans or Cuba; Cuba has no doors or walls in Ecuador.
He was also repetitive to highlight and express the problem is the Cuban Adjustment Act, the policy of dry feet-wet feet and the parole for our medical staff.
The problem is not Ecuador; the problem is the US policy
They are also looking into the possibility that the US feels with Latin America about this problem, to see if the US is sensitive to it.
He praised the attitude of the Government of Costa Rica and regretted that has created a problem between Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans.
He noted that the meeting in El Salvador made a call for countries to give humanitarian visas and welcome Cubans stranded in Costa Rica to prevent them falling into the hands of the mafias.
Translated by ESTI