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Cablegate: Slovakia Agrees to Resettle Cuban Migrants From

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 161555Z APR 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0851
INFO RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 0931
RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE 4128
RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW 3348
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0408
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA 0023

UNCLAS BRATISLAVA 000224

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DEPT FOR PRM, EUR/NCE, AND WHA/CCA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SMIG PREF CU LO
SUBJECT: SLOVAKIA AGREES TO RESETTLE CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM
GUANTANAMO

REF: 06 STATE 124445

1. (SBU) In response to reftel demarche, Minister of Interior
Robert Kalinak informed Ambassador on April 13 that the GOS
is willing to resettle two Cuban families, up to a total of
eight individuals, from the protected population at
Guantanamo. The GOS requests that Director General McKinley
of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) send a
letter to Minister Kalinak requesting Slovakia's help in
resettling the migrants. The GOS will then coordinate the
details with IOM, including sending an official to Guantanamo
to meet the prospective migrants. The GOS does not want
publicity for the resettlement.

2. (SBU) Slovakia has a small Cuban community in Bratislava.
The GOS will help the two Cuban families transition to life
in Bratislava by finding apartments for them, arranging
Slovak language lessons, and providing other services.
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