posted on Monday, July 12, 2010
Catholic News Agency reports:
Havana, Cuba, Jul 12, 2010 / 02:42 pm (CNA).- Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who was in Cuba in recent days, said Monday that the first 11 political prisoners to be freed will arrive in Spain on July 13 on two separate flights.
The first flight operated by Air Europa will land at 1 p.m., and the second operated by Iberia, will touch down an hour later. Both flights will depart from Havana on Monday evening.
Moratinos said the 11 prisoners will arrive in Spain accompanied by their families, all together totaling some 65 people.
Upon arrival, the freed Cubans will have to decide where they wish to live, whether in Spain or elsewhere, but “of course they will have the support and assistance of the Spanish government,” Moratinos stated.
In this sense, he explained that through entities such as the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid and the Spanish Red Cross, logistical support will be given to the Cubans, so that they can secure a place to live. Once the political prisoners are “free citizens they shall enjoy all of their rights,” Moratinos said.