these changes, we intend to create more
opportunities for the American and Cuban people,
and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas".
The President indicated he would take steps to
increase travel, commerce, and the flow of
information to and from Cuba. Over the course of the year,
has established an Embassy in
and Cuban has established an Embassy in
Back on December 10th the
United States and
reached an understanding during discussions in Miami to re-establish direct postal services
between the two countries through the
implementation of a pilot plan for the
transportation of mail. The plan will provide
for mail flights between the two countries
several times a week, rather than routing mail
through a third country. Details will be
finalized in the coming weeks.
And now, the U.S.
are in discussions in setting out new terms for
restoring scheduled flights between the U.S. and Cuba. At present American and Cuban
travelers must fly on charter flights which can
be very expensive and there are many
restrictions in who can come and go from Cuba.