U.S., Cuban delegations meet to discuss migration issues

Jan. 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The United States and Cuba have resumed negotiations to promote migration between the two countries, the U.S. State Department said Friday.

Talks to discuss implementation of 1994 and 1995 accords began Thursday in Havana for the second time since 2011, a State Department statement said.

The agenda included longstanding U.S. priorities on migration issues as well as cooperation on aviation security, search and rescue operations, and consular document fraud, the statement said.

The U.S. delegation also called for the release of Alan Gross, arrested by Cuban authorities in 2009 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison for facilitating uncensored Internet contact between a small Cuban religious community and the world.

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