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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cuba interrupts consular services in the US due to 50 year old blockade

Cuba has been forced, once more, to cease most of its consular services in Washington, after unsuccessfully trying to find a bank that would operate its accounts in the United States of America.

Press Release by Cuban Interests Section in Washington regarding banking situation

The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., would like to refer to its press release of December 9, 2013, by which it informed of a new deadline given by M&T Bank for its ending of banking services to the Section and the Cuban Permanent Mission to the United Nations. March 1st, 2014 was then set as deadline for the closing of the accounts, and February 14 as the last date for deposits.

In spite of the huge efforts made, as a result of the restrictions in force, derived from the policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade by the U.S. government against Cuba, it has been impossible for the Interests Section to find a U.S.-based bank that could operate the bank accounts of the Cuban diplomatic missions.

As a result thereof, the Cuban Interests Section finds itself forced to suspend consular services as of the date of publication of this press release, until banking services are re-established. As informed last November, consular services will only be provided for humanitarian cases. The Section regrets any inconvenience this situation may cause to Cuban and U.S. citizens who may require the services of our offices, with the negative impact on family visits, academic, cultural, educational, scientific, sports and other types of exchanges between Cuba and the United States.

Washington, February 14, 2014

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