TITLE:STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 (12/22/93)
STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22
(U.S.-Cuba, Haiti, Pollard, Yeltsin) (620)
There was no State Department news briefing. However, David Johnson,
director of the Office of Press Relations, discussed the following topics
CUBAN PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER PAROLED INTO UNITED STATES
Alina Fernandez Revuelta, the daughter of Cuban President Fidel Castro, has
been "paroled" into the United States and is now in the southeastern state
of Georgia, Johnson said. The decision to grant her parole status is
equivalent to the granting of political asylum.
The acting spokesman said Fernandez arrived in Atlanta aboard a commercial
flight from Madrid on December 21.
"She contacted our embassy to ask consideration for asylum after she arrived
in Madrid" on December 20, Johnson said. "After review with the
Immigration and Naturalization Service, a decision was made to grant her
request. In the terms employed by the Immigration and Naturalization
Service, she was 'paroled' into the United States."
Johnson said "Parole is a term of law which is specific to Cubans,"
explaining that it stems from a provision established in 1966. "One year
and one day following that parole, they are eligible for permanent resident
status," he said.
"In a legal sense, Cubans aren't granted political asylum," the acting
spokesman told reporters. "They're paroled into the United States. Were
she from any other country, I think that the term would have been political
asylum. But it is an important distinction in the law because nationals
1rom other states are treated differently. This is a provision...which
gave certain quick admission advantages to Cubans because of the specific
nature of the regime."
He said he did not know if she had any contact with U.S. officials before
she arrived in Madrid. Fernandez, who is by herself, is believed to be in
her late thirties. News reports said she left a teenaged daughter in Cuba.
Asked if she was being "debriefed" by U.S. intelligence officials, Johnson
replied that she's with her private sponsors who may wish "to talk about
that on their own, but that's not something I'm in a position to describe
for you. We're treating this as a private matter involving a private
citizen. It's not a matter of state."
He added he was "unaware of any discussions planned with the Cuban
government through intermediaries or otherwise" concerning the defection of
REPRESENTATIVES OF "FOUR FRIENDS" SET TO MEET WITH CEDRAS
Johnson announced that four high-ranking military representatives from the
"four friends" -- the United States, Canada, France and Venezuela -- were
in Haiti December 22 to meet with military commander Raoul Cedras.
Press reports said the visitors would tell Cedras that he must, at some
point, step aside to permit the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide,
otherwise international economic sanctions against Haiti will continue and
may be expanded.
STATE PRESENTS TO JUSTICE ITS VIEW OF POLLARD CASE
Johnson said the State Department, as required under U.S. law, has informed
the Justice Department of its position regarding Jonathan Pollard, who is
serving a life sentence for his conviction of spying for Israel. The
Justice Department is now reviewing the sentence.
"We provided some form of communication to the Department of Justice, which
is responsible for making recommendations to the president on pardons," the
U.S. PLEASED WITH YELSIN'S FOREIGN POLICY COMMITMENT
Johnson said the United States was "pleased" that Russian President Boris
Yeltsin, in a press conference December 22, reaffirmed his commitment to
reform in Russia.
The spokesman added that Yeltsin, in recognition of the parliamentary
election results, said he would seek to ameliorate some of the affects of
reform on certain segments of the population.
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