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Cuban Migrants: OAS Secretary General Highlights Transcendence of the Agreement

  December 29, 2015

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today highlighted the transcendence of the agreement reached by the authorities of Mexico and Central America that has created hope for the thousands of Cuban migrants in the region waiting for a solution to their critical situation.

“The humanitarian situation of the Cuban Migrants required a quick and integral solution, and this agreement facilitates that. We have to congratulate the diplomatic efforts made by the countries involved. They have taken a giant step forward,” said Secretary General Luis Almagro who has followed the process closely.

The leader of the hemispheric institution also recognized the role played by Pope Francis in urging a solution to the crisis.

Almagro stressed that "migrants have the same rights as other citizens,” and that those rights are valid regardless of the administrative situation of the migrants.

The Secretary General offered the support of the OAS to protect migration in the hemisphere against human trafficking, and to develop the agreement reached on Monday in Guatemala by Mexico and six Central American countries. Almagro also reiterated the need to protect migrants throughout their route.

Reference: E-357/15