CAFE wholeheartedly supports the recent meetings held in La Habana Cuba between U.S. and Cuban officials that produced a preliminary accord entitled Operational Procedure for Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue between Cuba and the United States.
This necessary agreement stresses the need of saving the lives of people in danger, while pledging to guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations carried out by the entities responsible for this activity. It places the value of human life above ideological stances and allows both nations to fully cooperate in a manner that is mutually beneficial.
All reports indicate that these meetings were conducted in a climate of respect and cooperation. CAFE sincerely wishes that this meeting may serve as a useful blueprint for future official meetings between both governments.