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Costa Rica asks Belize to accept stranded Cuban migrants

Costa Rica seeks to airlift Cuban migrants stranded at Nicaragua border to Belize

Costa Rica asks Belize to accept stranded Cuban migrants

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Costa Rica's top diplomat says the country has asked authorities in Belize to accept nearly 3,000 Cuban migrants who have been stuck at the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua for weeks.

The plan envisions flying the Cubans to Belize, which is on Mexico's southeastern border. From there the Cubans would presumably continue north toward their stated destination: the United States, where Cuban nationals benefit from special migrant policies letting them stay in the U.S.

Nicaragua closed its border to the Cubans in mid-November after Costa Rica granted them transit visas to travel across its territory, sparking a diplomatic spat between the Central American neighbors.

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said Friday that Belize's council of ministers will meet Tuesday to consider Costa Rica's proposal.

Updated : 2021-09-22 23:34 GMT+08:00