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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Other Havens Sought

WASHINGTON () -- U.S. officials are stepping up efforts to encourage Caribbean nations to accept some of the thousands of Cuban refugees whose exodus, if it fails to slow, could swamp U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Several Caribbean countries agreed last month to take in Haitian refugees intercepted at sea fleeing their homeland, and U.S. officials are now trying to renegotiate those agreements, seeking shelter this time for Cubans.

The administration had discussed establishing safe havens for Haitian refugees with officials from Panama, Guyana, Suriname, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their attitude toward accepting Cuban refugees was not known.