Press release issued by the Cuban delegation that attended the talks on direct postal services with the United States. June 18 and 19, 2013.
On June 18 and 19, 2013, representatives from Cuba and the United States resumed talks on direct postal services between both countries. The Cuban delegation was presided over by José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, and the U.S. delegation was headed by Lea Emerson, Executive Director for International Postal Affairs of the U.S. Postal Service.
The Cuban delegation made an evaluation of the current situation of universal postal services between Cuba and the United States and submitted proposals to solve the existing difficulties in this area. Likewise, it reiterated the aspects that are to be taken into account to resume direct postal services between the two countries.
The Cuban delegation welcomed the celebration of these talks and described as fruitful the exchange held between the officials of the postal administrations of Cuba and the United States, which was aimed at identifying the ways to eliminate the difficulties that affect the normalization of postal exchange between both countries.
During the talks, the Cuban delegation emphasized the fact that it would not be possible to implement a stable, quality and safe postal service based on the principles and standards established by the Universal Postal Union both countries are members of, as long as the obstacles resulting from the blockade policy imposed by the United States Government against Cuba are not removed.
Both delegations agreed to follow up on the talks in the course of the coming months.
The Cuban delegation was also made up of Jorge Luis Oliva Martín, Director of the Cooperation and International Organizations Division of the Ministry of Communications of Cuba and Carlos Asencio Valerino, president of Grupo Empresarial de Correos de Cuba, among other officials.