Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cuba Talks May Be at Impasse U.S. Rejects a Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration to 100,000

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cuba Talks May Be at Impasse U.S. Rejects a Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration to 100,000

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U.S. and Cuban negotiators met for about an hour Monday on halting the exodus of Cuban refugees, but the talks may be at an impasse.

The negotiators planned to meet again today for a fifth day of talks, but David Johnson, spokesman for the U.S. delegation, said the time and place of the negotiations had yet to be set.

One dispute was over an earlier U.S. offer to expand legal Cuban immigration, perhaps to about 20,000 people a year, in exchange for President Fidel Castro's promise to stop Cubans from fleeing to the United States.

Cuba reportedly responded with a proposal to increase legal immigration to at least 100,000 people.

A State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Cuban proposal was unacceptable. Chief U.S. negotiator Michael Skol entered the Cuban U.N. mission alone Monday to deliver the U.S. response.

Cuban diplomats did not comment after the Monday meeting.

About 200 people gathered outside the Cuban mission during the talks to protest Cuba's communist regime and urge the United States not to give in to Castro's demands. …

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