The Cuban Resident Representative Office in the United States announced on the 14th that it had suspended its consular services in the United States in view of the inability to find a US bank to establish a diplomatic account for it. This is the second time in three months that the Cuban side has announced the suspension of consular services in the United States for the same reason.
Banks are not found for business
US M&T Bank decided last year to terminate its business relationship with Cuba, but agreed to continue its banking business until 20143 On the 1st of the month, accept the deposit until February 17.
The Cuban Interests Office said in a statement on the same day that despite the repeated mediation of the US State Department and some banking institutions, there is no bank in the United States that may serve the representative office. From then on, the representative office will be forced to suspend all consular services except for humanitarian missions until regaining bank services.
The representative office is concerned about this situation
The impact that may be brought to Cuba and the American people“ deeply regrettable, "古美; Family visits, academic, cultural, educational, scientific, sports, and other communication will be affected.
M&T is headquartered in Buffalo, New York. In recent years, all other diplomatic accounts have been cancelled, and the Cuban Office of Interests is the only remaining one.
When the Cuban representative office in the United States announced the suspension of consular services on November 26 last year, M&T Bank had notified the representative office in July of that year that the bank would no longer provide banking services to foreign missions.
Accused the US embargo as the main cause of the incident
The Cuban Interests Office accused the United States of imposing a 50-year embargo on Cuba, restricting financial relations with Cuba The transaction resulted in no other banks willing to operate Cuban accounts in the United States.
During the last suspension of consular services, the Cuban side stated that according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the United States should ensure that Cuban diplomatic missions and consular agencies in the United States Completely convenient”.
US officials responded that the United States has done some positive work but has no ability to force private banks to provide services.
US State Department spokesman Mary · Huff said that the United States has contacted more than 50 banks, “some may study whether to provide banking services to Cuba”.
& ldquo; We will continue to work with them when Cuba confirms that we are looking for a long-term solution. & rdquo; Huff said.
Spring Travelers have filed in advance
The United States and Cuba now maintain limited diplomatic relations. Since 1997, the two countries have opened their respective national representative offices through the Swiss Embassy. The interest representative office allows Cubans and Americans to apply for travel documents such as visas and passports.
According to the M&T Bank’s business deadline and the consular service arrangement of the Cuban Resident Representative Office in the United States, some travel operators originally decided to use February 17 as the deadline, but the day coincides with the US public holiday “Washington” Anniversary, the bank is not working, they have to advise travelers who intend to travel to Cuba to go through the documents in advance.
Cuban charter service provider
Ban Armando · Garcia said that most travelers who plan to travel to Cuba in the spring have already processed the travel documents in advance. “If you haven’t updated your travel documents within two or three weeks from now, you can’t do anything, unless the Cuban interest representative can solve the banking problem”.
Some travel agencies in Miami, USA, said that they have been advised by the franchise consular agent to submit visas, passports and other documents to Cuban travelers by the 10th of this month.
Pedro ·, manager of a travel document agency, said that from January to February this year, he received twice as many applications as he did in previous years.
US 550,000 travelers originally planned to go to ancient times
The Havana Consulting Group, based in Miami, estimates that about 557,000 American travelers plan to work in 2014. Traveling to Cuba, most of them are Cuban-Americans, and there are also a small number of Americans who participate in the exchange of American and ancient cultures.
Analyst Emilio · Morales told the Associated Press on the 14th that he expects about 40,000 American travelers to travel to Cuba in March and April, with an average of 3100 per person. The dollar adds up to $124 million a month.
Cubans living in the United States can still travel to Cuba if they have a valid Cuban passport, but those who need to apply for a visa or update their passport will be affected by the suspension of consular services.
From November to March of each year, it is the peak period for Americans to participate in cultural exchange programs in ancient times. Summer is the time when more Cuban Americans choose to go home to visit relatives.
According to Xinhua News Agency
Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong