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Ni insulto ni indulto: el quid de la cuestión

Julio Yao
El Panamá-América


Si en Panamá existiese aquella práctica en España que no permite a los gobiernos salientes adoptar decisiones serias que pudiesen comprometer las labores de un gobierno entrante, la presidenta Mireya Moscoso no hubiera ordenado retirar al embajador de Panamá en Cuba ni exigido la expulsión del embajador de Cuba en Panamá, Carlos Zamora, en plazo perentorio. Acabo de hablar con el embajador Zamora, quien abandonará Panamá esta noche (miércoles 25 de agosto), no sin antes despedirse de los miles de panameños que lo saludarán esta tarde, tras una faena realmente ejemplar.

Estas medidas, tomadas en un arrebato de "dignidad nacional" por la presidenta panameña, podría colocar al entrante gobierno de Martín Torrijos en una coyuntura difícil aún cuando el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Harmodio Arias Cerjack, acaba de declarar que las relaciones diplomáticas y comerciales no han sido rotas. Torrijos tomará posesión del cargo el 1º. de septiembre próximo.

Definitivamente será difícil la situación creada al nuevo gobierno, si la presidenta Moscoso decide otorgar el indulto a los cuatro terroristas anticubanos, Luis Posada Carriles, Pedro Remón, Gaspar Jiménez Escobedo y Guillermo Novo Sampol, asesinos confesos que guardan prisión en Panamá por el atentado al presidente de Cuba, Doctor Fidel Castro, que debió tener lugar en el Paraninfo de la Universidad de Panamá cuando el mandatario se dirigiría a miles de asistentes que acudieron al acto de bienvenida.

Afortunadamente, el atentado fue descubierto a tiempo por la inteligencia cubana que, conjuntamente con las autoridades panameñas, desmantelaron el plan terrorista que hubiese matado a miles de panameños, destruido la Universidad de Panamá, el Hospital y la Policlínica del Seguro Social y barrios aledaños, incluyendo a toda mi familia y a mí mismo.

Mireya Moscoso ha dicho que "no pensaba" dar un indulto a los terroristas, pero ahora, tras el Comunicado del gobierno de Cuba que advertía su intención de romper relaciones si la presidenta panameña liberaba de ese modo a los terroristas, la presidenta ha dicho que "lo está pensando". Pero un indulto no es posible porque el proceso judicial aún no ha culminado al encontrarse en la fase de apelación. La presidenta Moscoso debe respetar y abstenerse de intervenir en el Órgano Judicial.

De no hacerlo, y de otorgar un indulto ilegal, habrá dado la razón al gobierno de Cuba, que ha señalado que la Primera Dama, Ruby Moscoso de Young, es el enlace entre cubanos de Miami y el gobierno panameño en unas tratativas que están en boca de exiliados anticastristas. Pero es más fácil romper relaciones que restaurarlas, y en el caso de Cuba el asunto puede complicarse con el nuevo gobierno, porque debe darse por descontado que el de Estados Unidos (EU), con un Roger Noriega y un Otto Reich en el Departamento de Estado – furibundos anticastristas -- harán todo lo imaginable para impedir que el gobierno de Martín Torrijos reanude relaciones con la Isla.

La liberación de los terroristas demostraría la falsedad de los compromisos de Panamá en la lucha contra el terrorismo internacional, pero desenmascararía aún más la fementida guerra antiterrorista de Estados Unidos (EU) si se confirma la denuncia cubana de que el Secretario de Estado, Colin Powell, le solicitó a Mireya Moscoso, durante su visita a Panamá en noviembre del año pasado, dejar en libertad a los cuatro terroristas anticubanos después del juicio. Para el gobierno de Bush, los terroristas serían "luchadores por la libertad" (freedom fighters).

Moscoso ha dicho que Cuba está interviniendo en los asuntos internos de Panamá, pero el caso de los terroristas no es un asunto "interno" de Panamá: es un asunto internacional que está bajo la jurisdicción de Cuba, Venezuela y Panamá, no solamente por la jerarquía transnacional del delito sino porque tanto Cuba como Venezuela han solicitado la extradición de los terroristas por casos pendientes en sus tribunales, algo que Moscoso no puede ignorar graciosamente.

Si fuese cierto que la "dignidad nacional" habría sido ofendida por Cuba, apenas sería justo mencionar otros casos más dignos de su rabieta. El mismo Colin Powell no solamente habría intervenido en los "asuntos internos" de Panamá sino que, peor aún, le habría dictado órdenes a la presidenta. La embajadora de Estados Unidos (EU) en Panamá, Linda Watts, dictó una conferencia abiertamente intervencionista en la cual acusó al gobierno panameño de corrupto; señaló la podredumbre, los males y vicios del Órgano Legislativo y del Órgano Judicial; denunció que la riqueza de Panamá estaba "en manos de 80 personas", y la presidenta Moscoso no se indignó o no lo hizo públicamente, ni el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores le pidió que abandonara el país. Tan solo la citó a su despacho, tras lo cual, muy sonreídos, declararon que las relaciones entre ambos países eran "excelentes".

Si el indulto se otorga, los cubanos exiliados en Miami tendrán razones para agradecerle el favor a la Administración Bush, y quizás ese sencillo gesto pudiera devolverle a George W. Bush el voto que había perdido en Florida luego de anunciar las recientes drásticas medidas que dicho mandatario decretó contra Cuba. Éste, y no el insulto ni el indulto, es el verdadero quid de la cuestión.
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Reitera Cuba posición de respaldo al multilateralismo

Reitera Cuba posición de respaldo al multilateralismo Cubadebate

La Habana, 31 jul (AIN) El canciller Felipe Pérez Roque reiteró hoy la posición de Cuba del más firme respaldo al multilateralismo para la solución de los problemas cada vez más graves que afectan a la paz y el desarrollo de los países.



El Jefe de la diplomacia cubana se entrevistó este sábado con Julian R. Hunte, Presidente del período 58 de sesiones de la Asamblea General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), quien concluye esta jornada una visita oficial a la Isla de casi tres días.



Pérez Roque expresó el reconocimiento del gobierno de la mayor nación de las Antillas a la labor desempeñada por Hunte, al frente del más universal órgano de esa institución mundial, a la cual pertenecen 191 Estados miembros.



Indicó que este contacto permitió intercambiar sobre el debate actual acerca de la reforma de la ONU.



Informó a su interlocutor que La Habana ya comenzó los preparativos para acoger la próxima Cumbre del Movimiento de Países No Alineados, prevista para fines del año 2006.



Hunte, también ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Exterior y Aviación Civil de Santa Lucía, expresó su satisfacción por esta visita y dijo que el multilateralismo es la única forma de avanzar y enfrentar los problemas de la Humanidad.



En tal sentido señaló que su trabajo ha estado centrado en promover el diálogo y la revitalización de la instancia mundial que él preside.



El ilustre huésped estuvo acompañado por Missouri Sherman- Peter, Jefa de Gabinete, y Lorna Mc. Laren, Asesora.



Por la parte cubana participaron, además, Abelardo Moreno, vicecanciller, Juan Antonio Fernández, director de Asuntos Multilaterales de la Cancillería, y Orlando Requeijo, embajador de Cuba ante la ONU.

Mexico-Cuba: Fin de un pleito innecesario

La Jornada

Los cancilleres de México y Cuba, Luis Ernesto Derbez y Felipe Pérez Roque, acordaron ayer, en La Habana, el restablecimiento de las relaciones bilaterales al nivel que tuvieron hasta abril pasado y el regreso a sus puestos de la embajadora mexicana en Cuba, Roberta Lajous, y del representante cubano en esta capital, Jorge Bolaños. La fecha escogida para la reinstalación de los diplomáticos -el 26 de julio, aniversario del asalto al Cuartel Moncada e inicio de la primera etapa de la revolución cubana, hace 51 años- parece ser un guiño de desagravio a la nación caribeña y a su gobierno por haber sido injustamente involucrados en un conflicto que se gestó por la mala voluntad de la primera cancillería foxista y estalló por la impericia y el nerviosismo de la segunda.

En efecto, después de un periodo en el que el ex secretario de Relaciones Exteriores se empeñó en organizar agravios, provocaciones y groserías contra el gobierno de la nación hermana, con el evidente propósito de provocar una reacción airada de las autoridades de la isla -reacción que, por cierto, nunca ocurrió-, el grupo en el poder, ya sin Castañeda a bordo, se vio atrapado con los dedos en la puerta por un asunto estrictamente interno: el escándalo por las entregas de dinero de Carlos Ahumada Kurtz a funcionarios del gobierno capitalino y los indicios crecientes de que esas transacciones indebidas, o al menos su revelación, fueron parte de un plan urdido en el primer círculo foxista para destruir políticamente a Andrés Manuel López Obrador, titular del Gobierno del Distrito Federal.

La captura de Ahumada en La Habana y la deportación del empresario corruptor por el gobierno de la isla tomó por sorpresa al Ejecutivo federal e hizo temer, en su interior, revelaciones inminentes sobre la vinculación de altos funcionarios en el episodio. En esa circunstancia, la infundada reacción del canciller Derbez y del secretario de Gobernación, Santiago Creel, contra las autoridades de la isla, pareció más un intento por sacar el caso Ahumada del centro de la atención que una "defensa de la soberanía nacional", como pretendieron ambos funcionarios, los cuales no lograron convencer a las opiniones públicas de México y de Cuba de que el gobierno de la segunda se hubiese comportado en forma poco institucional.

La normalización anunciada ayer representa, pues, la superación feliz y plausible de un conflicto bilateral que nunca tuvo razón de ser. Es pertinente, sin embargo, extraer un par de enseñanzas de todo este episodio. La primera es que el recurso del conflicto externo como forma de desviar la atención ante un escándalo doméstico, que constituye una de las posibles formas de la "fuga hacia adelante", casi siempre acaba revirtiéndose contra el gobierno que actúa de esa manera. La segunda es que resulta mucho más fácil generar un problema que resolverlo. El presidente Vicente Fox ofreció, cuando era candidato, que desde la Presidencia podría solucionar "en 15 minutos" el conflicto chiapaneco e indígena. Han transcurrido tres años y medio del inicio de su gobierno y ese tema, a juicio de los afectados y de muchos otros sectores de la sociedad, dista mucho de estar despejado. En cambio, una relación bilateral centenaria, sólida y fraterna, fue puesta en crisis, en algo así como 15 minutos, por los malos cálculos, la ineptitud y la inexperiencia. Esta vez fue posible restañar los vínculos y componer el desaguisado en un tiempo relativamente breve y a un costo poco significativo. Pero los hombres del Presidente debieran tomar conciencia, como colofón de este episodio, de la gravedad que pueden revestir las consecuencias de actos de gobierno poco meditados.

Diseñadores norteamericanos impedidos por su gobierno de viajar a Cuba

Cubadebate
2004-07-08


La Habana, 7 jul, (AIN) El Departamento del Tesoro de los Estados Unidos negó el permiso para que una delegación de ese país asistiera al VIII Encuentro de Diseño La Habana 2004, inaugurado hoy en esta ciudad.



Kristina Goodrich, presidenta de la Sociedad de Diseñadores Industriales de América (IDSA), envió un mensaje a los participantes de una decena de naciones presentes en la cita, en el que lamenta profundamente no poder intercambiar con ellos.



La negativa de la administración Bush, que forma parte del endurecimiento del bloqueo norteamericano contra Cuba, no impide la comunicación entre los gremios del diseño, expresó Goodrich, quien solicitó a los organizadores del encuentro el envío de información sobre este para publicarla en páginas Web.



Especialistas de Holanda, incluidos estudiantes de varios institutos y academias, también dirigieron una misiva a la reunión, en la que manifiestan inconformidad porque su Gobierno decidió no otorgarles permiso para viajar a la capital cubana.



En el encuentro, el Arquitecto José Cuandias Cobreros, presidente de la Oficina Nacional de Diseño Industrial, explicó que la especialidad tiene en Cuba una proyección social y humana, con la misión de abrirse paso entre las dificultades generadas por el bloqueo imperialista a la Isla.



El profesor Paolo Bergomi, presidente de la Asociación Latinoamericana del Diseño, dijo que los profesionales del giro están llamados a ofrecer con valentía respuestas y propuestas humanas y tecnológicas a todos los sectores en sus naciones, excluidos o no de las políticas de desarrollo.
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Destaca presidente de Namibia ejemplo de Cuba y su Revolución

Destaca presidente de Namibia ejemplo de Cuba y su Revolución AIN/La Pedrada


La Habana, 23 jun (AIN) Cuba es un país revolucionario que tiene en el amor su mayor virtud y el único que puede hablar de derechos humanos y democracia, subrayó hoy Sam Nujoma, presidente de la República de Namibia.



Durante un recorrido por la escuela especial de conducta Solidaridad con Namibia, el mandatario de esa nación africana expresó a la prensa que su pueblo admira y trata de imitar el ejemplo de los cubanos y las políticas sociales adoptadas por su Gobierno y Revolución.



Nujoma resaltó la contribución de los cubanos a la liberación de Namibia de la esclavitud, el colonialismo y la explotación a que era sometida por el régimen racista de Sudafrica, apoyado por el gobierno de Estados Unidos.



En los años difíciles de esa lucha, Cuba estuvo junto a los namibios y la SWAPO, hasta el 21 de mayo de 1990 en que alcanzaron su total independencia, a los que continuó ayudando con posibilidades de estudio, por lo cual hoy tenemos cientos de compatriotas graduados en instituciones de esta Isla, apuntó.



Acompañado de Jorge Risquet, miembro del Comité Central y Luis Ignacio Gómez, ministro de Educación, Nujoma conoció de las caracteríticas de la escuela Solidaridad con Namibia, inaugurada por el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro en septiembre de 1989, y que hoy acoge a 107 estudiantes.



Al término del recorrido el mandatario namibio entregó a los alumnos de ese centro un donativo de computadoras y materiales escolares, a la vez que elogió su labor en la consolidación de las mentes y conductas de los educandos.



Posteriormente la delegación depósito una ofrenda floral en el Panteón de los Veteranos de la Necrópolis de Colón, donde descansan internacionalistas cubanos que lucharon en Namibia.



Sam Nujoma arribó ayer en visita oficial en su quinto viaje a Cuba, como expresión de la voluntad recíproca de continuar fortaleciendo y ampliando las relaciones de amistad y colaboración entre ambas naciones.

Obstaculizan medidas de Bush ntercambios universitarios entre Estados Unidos y Cuba

AP
2004-06-18


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, EE.UU. (AP) _ Las nuevas regulaciones para estudiar en Cuba podrían obligar a cancelar un programa de geografía y telecomunicaciones propuesto por la Universidad de Indiana.



Las regulaciones de la Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros del Departamento del Tesoro prohiben que los estudiantes viajen a Cuba para tomar cursos que duren menos de 10 semanas.



Esta situación impediría que la Universidad de Indiana (UI) ofrezca el curso cuyo inicio ha sido programado para el próximo año. El programa incluía 12 días de trabajo de campo cerca de Santa Clara, en el centro de Cuba.



Kathleen Sideli, directora de la Oficina de Programas Internacionales de la UI, dijo que varias universidades estudian las regulaciones interinas, que entran en efecto el 30 de junio.



Estamos analizando qué es lo mejor que podemos hacer'', expresó en declaraciones al diario Herald-Times del sábado.



Pareciera una respuesta demasiado severa para lo que creo algunos legisladores pensaron que eran abusos'', manifestó.



Las regulaciones son parte de nuevas restricciones al comercio entre Estados Unidos y Cuba recomendadas por la Comisión para la Ayuda de una Cuba Libre, designada por el presidente George W. Bush en octubre del 2003.



Las normas buscan impedir que los viajeros estadounidenses gasten dinero en la isla que podría ser utilizado para fortalecer al líder cubano Fidel Castro.

El Departamento del Tesoro publica nuevos reglamentos para endurecer el bloqueo

Rosa Mirian Elizalde

El Departamento del Tesoro publica los reglamentos para implementar las nuevas medidas del gobierno norteamericano en contra de Cuba. Toman efecto el 30 de junio como reglamentos finales interinos, aunque hay un plazo hasta el 16 de agosto para enviar comentarios con respecto a ellas.

Prohíben a los cubanoamericanos a visitar a sus familiares inmediatos en Cuba más de una vez cada tres años, aun en casos de emergencia personal. Reducen la definicion de familiares inmediatos a padre, madre, hijo, hermano, nieto o abuelo. El limitante de los tres años es retroactivo a la ultima visita a Cuba.

Le imponen un limite de $50 por día para las visitas familiares.

Limitan los pasajeros a Cuba a solamente 44 libras de equipaje.

Prohíben el envio de remesas a ciertos funcionarios del gobierno y a ciertos miembros del Partido Comunista.

Prohíben a los investigadores académicos a asistir a conferencias en Cuba sin licencia específica para dicha conferencia.



[Federal Register: June 16, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 115)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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Part III





Department of the Treasury





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Office of Foreign Assets Control



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31 CFR Part 515



Cuban Assets Control Regulations; Interim Final Rule



Revocation of OFAC Specific Licenses To Engage in Travel-Related
Transactions Incident to Visiting Close Relatives in Cuba; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Foreign Assets Control

31 CFR Part 515

Cuban Assets Control Regulations

AGENCY: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury

ACTION: Interim final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of
the Treasury is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, part 515
of chapter V of 31 CFR, to implement the President's May 6, 2004
direction with respect to certain recommendations in the May 2004
Report to the President from the Commission for Assistance to a Free
Cuba. This rule also contains additional substantive amendments
consistent with the President's policy as well as technical and
clarifying amendments.

DATES: Effective Date: June 30, 2004.
Comments: Written comments must be received no later than August
16, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the English language by any of
the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Agency Web site: http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/comment.html
.

Fax: Chief of Records, 202/622-1657.
Mail: Chief of Records, ATTN: Request for Comments, Office
of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220.
Instructions: All submissions received must include ``Office of
Foreign Assets Control, Treasury'' and the FR Doc. number that appears
at the end of this document. Comments received will be posted without
change to http://www.treas.gov/ofac, including any personal information

provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and
additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ``Public
Participation'' subsection of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of
this document. To read background documents or comments received, go to
http://www.treas.gov/ofac.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Licensing, tel.: 202/622-2480
or Chief of Policy Planning and Program Management, tel.: 202/622-4855,
Office of Foreign Assets Control, or Chief Counsel, tel.: 202/622-2410,
Office of Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), Department of the
Treasury, Washington, DC 20220 (not toll free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic and Facsimile Availability

This file is available for download without charge in ASCII and
Adobe Acrobat readable (*.PDF) formats at GPO Access. GPO Access
supports HTTP, FTP, and Telnet at fedbbs.access.gpo.gov. It may also be
accessed by modem dialup at 202/512-1387 followed by typing ``/GO/
FAC.'' Paper copies of this document can be obtained by calling the
Government Printing Office at 202/512-1530. This document and
additional information concerning the programs of the Office of Foreign
Assets Control are available for downloading from the Office's Internet
Home Page: http://www.treas.gov/ofac, or via FTP at ofacftp.treas.gov.

Facsimiles of information are available through the Office's 24-hour
fax-on-demand service: call 202/622-0077 using a fax machine, fax
modem, or (within the United States) a touch-tone telephone.

Background

On October 10, 2003, the President announced the establishment of a
Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba (the ``Commission''), an
interagency commission tasked with identifying ways to hasten Cuba's
transition to a free and open society and identifying U.S. Government
programs that could assist the Cuban people during such a transition.
On May 1, 2004, the Commission delivered its Report to the President,
recommending, among other things, a number of proposed changes to the
U.S. sanctions with respect to Cuba. On May 6, 2004, the President
directed the implementation of certain of the Report's recommendations.
In this interim final rule, the Office of Foreign Assets Control
(``OFAC'') is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR
part 515 (the ``CACR''), to implement these recommendations, to make
additional changes consistent with the President's policy with respect
to Cuba, and to make certain technical and clarifying changes.
Fully-hosted travel. Section 515.420, the note to paragraph (c) and
paragraph (f) of Sec. 515.560, and paragraph (c)(4)(i) of Sec.
515.572 are amended to remove discussion of and references to fully-
hosted travel and the presumption that travelers to Cuba pay expenses
for Cuba travel-related transactions. The term ``fully-hosted travel''
refers to travel to, from, or within Cuba for which all costs and fees
either are paid for by a third-country national who is not subject to
U.S. jurisdiction or are covered or waived by Cuba or a national of
Cuba. The term was first introduced into the CACR on July 22, 1982, in
Sec. 515.560 of the ``Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of
Licensing Policy'' subpart. See 47 FR 32060. Paragraph (j) of Sec.
515.560 provided that all transactions incident to fully-hosted travel
were authorized. On May 13, 1999, OFAC removed this provision from
Sec. 515.560, amended it, and placed it in a new Sec. 515.420, which
is in the ``Interpretations'' subpart of the CACR. See 64 FR 24808.
In the years since the May 13, 1999 amendments, it has been found
that persons who claimed their travel was fully-hosted in fact
routinely engaged in prohibited money transactions (e.g., payment of
entry and exit and docking fees). It has also been determined that even
a person who accepts goods or services in Cuba without paying for them
is in fact engaging in a prohibited dealing in property in which Cuba
or a Cuban national has an interest. Therefore, language regarding
fully-hosted travel is removed from the CACR and any authorization of
fully-hosted travel is thereby eliminated. Amended Sec. 515.420 now
explains that the prohibition in Sec. 515.201(b)(1) on dealing in
property includes a prohibition on the receipt of goods or services in
Cuba when those goods or services are provided free-of-charge, whether
received as a gift from the Government of Cuba, a national of Cuba, or
a third-country national, unless otherwise authorized by an OFAC
general or specific license. See, e.g., Sec. 515.560(a) of the CACR.
Amended Sec. 515.420 also explains that payment for air travel to Cuba
on a third-country carrier, which involves property in which Cuba has
an interest (for example, because the carrier will pass a portion of
the payment on to Cuba), is now prohibited unless the travel is
pursuant to an OFAC general or specific license.
Along with the references to fully-hosted travel, the companion
language in Sec. 515.420, which states that any person who travels to
Cuba without OFAC authorization is presumed to have engaged in
prohibited travel-related transactions there, is also removed.
Notwithstanding the removal of this language, it is OFAC's position
that the receipt of services or other dealings in property in which
Cuba has an interest, such as a stay at a Cuban hotel or the purchase
of food in Cuba, can be inferred from evidence of multi-day travel in
Cuba.

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Importation of Cuban merchandise. Paragraph (c)(3) of Sec. 515.560
is amended to eliminate the general license authorizing licensed
travelers to Cuba to purchase in Cuba and return to the United States
with up to $100 worth of Cuban merchandise for personal consumption.
The amended paragraph (c) now explains that, with the exception noted
below, no merchandise may be purchased or otherwise acquired in Cuba
and then brought back to the United States. OFAC has added a note to
paragraph (c) explaining that this rule does not apply to the purchase
in Cuba and importation into the United States of informational
materials, which continue to be exempt from the prohibitions of the
CACR, as described in Sec. 515.206.
Exportation of accompanied baggage. Former paragraph (f) of Sec.
515.560, which discussed the carrying of currency by fully-hosted
travelers, is replaced with a new paragraph (f) limiting the amount of
accompanied baggage carried by authorized travelers to Cuba to 44
pounds per traveler, unless a higher amount is authorized by the Bureau
of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce or, for
exportations of non-U.S. origin accompanied baggage from third
countries to Cuba, by a specific license from OFAC.
Travel to visit relatives in Cuba. Sections 515.560 and 515.561 are
amended to make a number of changes to the rules regarding travel-
related transactions incident to visiting relatives in Cuba.
Prior to these amendments, a person with a Cuban national close
relative (defined to include second cousins) in Cuba could engage in
travel-related transactions incident to visiting that relative once
every 12 months under a general license and more often pursuant to
specific licenses if requested. There was no stated limit to the
duration of the first visit, and the traveler could spend up to the
State Department per diem (currently $167) for living expenses in Cuba
plus any additional funds needed for transactions that were directly
incident to visiting that relative.
These amendments narrow the category of relatives who can be
visited in Cuba. The definition of ``close relative'' set forth in
former paragraph (d) of Sec. 515.561, is replaced by the term ``member
of a person's immediate family,'' which is defined in new paragraph
(c). Under the new rule, a member of a person's immediate family is
defined as a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling
of that person or that person's spouse, as well as any spouse, widow,
or widower of any of the foregoing. Relevant portions of Sec. 515.561
also are amended to eliminate the policy of authorizing those who share
a common dwelling as a family with the traveler to accompany the
traveler, unless they are themselves members of the immediate family of
the person to be visited.
The once-per-twelve-months general license contained in former
paragraph (a) of Sec. 515.561 is eliminated. In its place, new
paragraph (a) states that OFAC will issue specific licenses authorizing
travel-related transactions incident to visits to members of a person's
immediate family who are nationals of Cuba once per three-year period
and for no more than 14 days. A person subject to U.S. jurisdiction who
wishes to engage in travel-related transactions to visit a member of
his or her immediate family who is a national of Cuba will need to
request and receive specific permission from OFAC before engaging in
those transactions. For those who emigrated to the United States from
Cuba and have not since that time visited a family member in Cuba, the
three-year period will be counted from the date they left Cuba. For all
others, the three year period will be counted from the date they last
left Cuba pursuant to the pre-existing family visit general license or,
if they traveled under a family visit specific license, the date that
license was issued. Former paragraph (b), under which OFAC issued
specific licenses for additional visits, is eliminated. No additional
visits will be authorized.
Former paragraph (c) of Sec. 515.561 stated a different rule for
travelers wishing to visit relatives who are not nationals of Cuba but
who instead are in Cuba pursuant to an OFAC authorization (such as a
student who is in Cuba under her university's educational activities
license). This rule has been moved to paragraph (b) and modified to
provide for the issuance of a specific license to visit a member of a
person's immediate family in exigent circumstances provided the person
to be visited is in Cuba pursuant to an OFAC authorization, the
particular exigency has been reported to the U.S. Interests Section in
Havana, and issuance of the license would support the mission of the
U.S. Interests Section in Havana. Licenses would be issued under this
paragraph, after consultation with the Department of State, in true
emergent situations, such as serious illness accompanied by an
inability to travel, and in order to support services normally provided
in such circumstances by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.
A number of individuals have outstanding specific licenses that
were issued pursuant to former Sec. 515.561(b) and (c). Those licenses
will remain valid only until June 30, 2004, after which they are
revoked. Accordingly, individuals who have such specific licenses may
not use them to engage in any Cuba travel-related transaction occurring
on or after June 30, 2004.
These amendments also reduce the amount of money travelers visiting
members of their immediate family may spend for their living expenses
in Cuba. The new limit, set forth in amended paragraph (c)(2) of Sec.
515.560, is $50 per day plus up to an additional $50 per trip, if
needed, to pay for transportation-related expenses in Cuba that exceed
the $50 per day limit. For example, a traveler whose five-day trip to
visit her father in Camaguey includes roundtrip ground transportation
between Havana and Camaguey may expend $50 per day for her living
expenses in Cuba plus up to an additional $50, if needed, to pay for
the costs of transportation between Havana and Camaguey, for a total of
$300 of in-Cuba costs (airfare to and from Cuba is not included in this
limit). The per diem amount for all other categories of OFAC-authorized
travel-related transactions in Cuba remains unchanged.
Attendance at certain professional meetings in Cuba. A note is
added to paragraph (a)(1) of Sec. 515.564 to clarify that the general
license in paragraph (a) authorizing travel-related transactions
incident to certain professional research in Cuba does not extend to
transactions incident to attendance at professional meetings or
conferences in Cuba. Attendance at certain professional meetings and
conferences in Cuba already is addressed by a separate general license
set forth in paragraph (a)(2). To the extent a professional researcher
believes that attendance at a particular meeting or conference in Cuba
is important to his or her research and the meeting or conference does
not qualify under the general license set forth in paragraph (a)(2),
the researcher may request a specific license from OFAC under paragraph
(b).
Educational activities in Cuba. OFAC is amending Sec. 515.565 to
reflect new policy with respect to specific licensing of certain
educational activities in Cuba. These amendments restrict the
availability under paragraph (a) of specific licenses to institutions
to undergraduate and graduate institutions. Accordingly, former
paragraph (a)(2)(vi), which covered certain activities by secondary
schools, has been eliminated. The duration of

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these institutional licenses is shortened from two years to one year.
Paragraph (a) of Sec. 515.565 is further amended by adding a
requirement that any students who use an institution's license must be
enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at that
licensed institution. Students may no longer engage in Cuba travel-
related transactions under the license of an educational institution
other than their own even if their own institution will accept the
licensed institution's program for credit toward the student's degree.
Paragraph (a) also is amended to clarify that employees who travel
under an institution's license must be full-time permanent employees of
the licensed institution. Temporary employees and contractors do not
qualify as full-time permanent employees of an institution.
Three of the six educational activities listed in paragraph (a) of
Sec. 515.565 that are available to licensed educational institutions
and their students and staff are subject to a new requirement that
those educational activities in Cuba be no shorter than 10 weeks. The
three affected activities are: structured educational programs in Cuba
offered as part of a course at the licensed institution; formal courses
of study at a Cuban academic institution; and teaching at a Cuban
academic institution. The remaining three educational activities may
still be engaged in for a period of less than 10 weeks. These
activities are: raduate research in Cuba; sponsorship of a Cuban
national to teach or engage in other scholarly activities in the United
States; and organization of and preparation for licensed educational
activities. OFAC is also amending the requirements in paragraph (a)
with respect to letters from the licensed institution that must be
carried by each authorized traveler.
Some current holders of educational institution licenses may have
already planned Cuba travel-related activities that would not be
authorized under amended paragraph (a) of Sec. 515.565. Those licensed
institutions that, prior to the effective date of this Notice, have
already planned Cuba trips that will not meet the new requirements may
still engage in all transactions incident to such trips provided that
the trips and all associated transactions are completed by August 15,
2004.
Paragraph (b) of Sec. 515.565 is amended to clarify that its
statement of specific licensing policy applies only to individuals
seeking to engage in certain educational activities in Cuba if their
educational institution does not have an institutional license under
paragraph (a). The licensing policies set forth in paragraphs (a) and
(b) are not available to individuals or entities that purport to
arrange, facilitate, or coordinate educational programs in Cuba for
U.S. academic institutions.
Participation in international sports federation competitions;
clinics and workshops licensing policy. OFAC is eliminating the general
license set forth in paragraph (a) of Sec. 515.567 for travel-related
transactions incident to participation in amateur and semi-professional
athletic competitions that take place in Cuba under the auspices of an
international sports federation. In its place, revised paragraph (a)
states a specific licensing policy under which OFAC will authorize
those same activities on a case-by-case basis. OFAC also in amending
paragraph (b) of the same section to eliminate the policy of
specifically licensing travel-related transactions incident to
participation in clinics and workshops, whether sports-related or
otherwise, in Cuba.
Quarterly remittances to nationals of Cuba. OFAC is amending the
general license in paragraph (a) of Sec. 515.570 to eliminate the
authorization of quarterly $300 remittances sent from any person
subject to U.S. jurisdiction who is 18 years of age or older to any
household of a national of Cuba. The amended general license authorizes
such remittances only when they are sent to members of the remitter's
immediate family. The term ``member of the remitter's immediate
family'' is defined to include only a spouse, child, grandchild,
parent, grandparent, or sibling of the remitter or that remitter's
spouse, as well as any spouse, widow, or widower of any of the
foregoing. Paragraph (a) is further amended to provide that the
quarterly $300 remittance cannot be remitted to certain government
officials and certain members of the Cuban Communist Party.
Paragraph (c)(4)(i) of Sec. 515.560 is also amended to reduce the
total amount of quarterly $300 remittances that an authorized traveler
may carry to Cuba from $3,000 to $300.
NGO remittances to Cuba. Paragraph (d)(1) of Sec. 515.570 is
revised to clarify the specific licensing policy of authorizing
remittances from nongovernmental organizations and individuals subject
to U.S. jurisdiction to Cuban pro-democracy groups, independent civil
society groups, and religious organizations as well as to individual
members of such Cuban groups and organizations.
Remittance-related transactions by banks and other depository
institutions. Paragraph (a)(3) of Sec. 515.572 is amended to eliminate
the general license authorizing depository institutions to act as
forwarders for the quarterly family household remittances or
emigration-related remittances authorized in paragraphs (a), (b), and
(c) of Sec. 515.570. Depository institutions, as defined in Sec.
515.333, are now required to apply to OFAC and receive specific
authorization as remittance forwarders before providing such services.
Depository institutions continue to be authorized by general license,
however, to provide services related to other authorized financial
transactions. For example, a banking institution does not need separate
authorization from OFAC to transfer to Cuba funds covered by a specific
license allowing overflight payments or remittances other than
quarterly family or emigration-related remittances.
Technical and conforming amendments. OFAC is making a number of
technical and conforming amendments to various sections of the CACR to
amend wording, cross-references, and paragraph structure.

Public Participation

Because the Regulations involve a foreign affairs function, the
provisions of Executive Order 12866 and the Administrative Procedure
Act (5 U.S.C. 553) (the ``APA'') requiring notice of proposed
rulemaking, opportunity for public participation, and delay in
effective date are inapplicable. However, because of the importance of
the issues addressed in these regulations, this rule is being issued in
interim form and comments will be considered in the development of
final regulations. Accordingly, the Department encourages interested
persons who wish to comment to do so at the earliest possible time to
permit the fullest consideration of their views. Comments may address
the impact of the amendments on the submitter's activities, whether of
a commercial, non-commercial or humanitarian nature, as well as changes
that would improve the clarity and organization of the CACR. All
comments must be submitted in the English language.
The period for submission of comments will close August 16, 2004.
The Department will consider all comments postmarked before the close
of the comment period. Comments received after the end of the comment
period will be considered if possible, but their consideration cannot
be assured. The Department will not accept public comments accompanied
by a request that a part or all of the submission be treated
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nature or for any other reason. The Department will return such
submission to the originator without considering them in the
development of final regulations. In the interest of accuracy and
completeness, the Department requires comments in written form.
All public comments on these Regulations will be a matter of public
record. Copies of the public record concerning these Regulations will
be made available not sooner than September 14, 2004, and will be
obtainable from OFAC's Web site (http://www.treas.gov/ofac). If that

service is unavailable, written requests for copies may be sent to:
Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1500
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20220, Attn: Chief, Records
Division.
Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule,
the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The collections of information related to the CACR are contained in
31 CFR part 501 (the ``Reporting and Procedures Regulations'').
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), those
collections of information have been previously approved by the Office
of Management and Budget under control number 1505-0164. An agency may
not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a
collection of information unless the collection of information displays
a valid control number.

List of Subjects in 31 CFR Part 515

Administrative practice and procedure, Banks, Banking, Blocking of
assets, Cuba, Currency, Foreign trade, Imports, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Securities, Travel restrictions.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, part 515 of 31 CFR chapter V
is amended as follows:
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1. The authority citation for 31 CFR part 515 continues to read as
follows:

Authority: 18 U.S.C. 2332d; 22 U.S.C. 2370(a), 6001-6010; 31
U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. App 1-44; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890
(28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 106-387, 114 Stat. 1549; E.O. 9193, 7
FR 5205, 3 CFR, 1938-1943 Comp., p. 1147; E.O. 9989, 13 FR 4891, 3
CFR, 1943-1948 Comp., p. 748; Proc. 3447, 27 FR 1085, 3 CFR, 1959-
1963 Comp., p. 157; E.O. 12854, 58 FR 36587, 3 CFR, 1993 Comp., p.
614.

Subpart D--Interpretations

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1. Revise Sec. 515.420 to read as follows:

Sec. 515.420 Travel to Cuba.

The prohibition on dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban
national has an interest set forth in Sec. 515.201(b)(1) includes a
prohibition on the receipt of goods or services in Cuba, even if
provided free-of-charge by the Government of Cuba or a national of Cuba
or paid for by a third-country national who is not subject to U.S.
jurisdiction. The prohibition set forth in Sec. 515.201(b)(1) also
prohibits payment for air travel to Cuba on a third-country carrier
unless the travel is pursuant to an OFAC general or specific license.

Subpart E--Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of Licensing
Policy

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2. Amend Sec. 515.560 by removing the note to paragraph (c) and
revising paragraphs (a) introductory text, (a)(1), (a)(7), (c)
introductory text, (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4) introductory text, (c)(4)(i),
and (f) to read as follows:

Sec. 515.560 Travel-related transactions to, from, and within Cuba by
persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

(a) The travel-related transactions listed in paragraph (c) of this
section may be authorized either by a general license or on a case-by-
case basis by a specific license for travel related to the following
activities (see the referenced sections for the applicable general and
specific licensing criteria):
(1) Visits to members of a person's immediate family (specific
licenses) (see Sec. 515.561);
* * * * *
(7) Public performances, athletic and other competitions, and
exhibitions (specific licenses) (see Sec. 515.567);
* * * * *
(c) Persons generally or specifically licensed under this part to
engage in transactions in connection with travel to, from, and within
Cuba may engage in the following transactions:
* * * * *
(2) Living expenses in Cuba. All transactions ordinarily incident
to travel anywhere within Cuba, including payment of living expenses
and the acquisition in Cuba of goods for personal consumption there,
are authorized, provided that, unless otherwise authorized, the total
for such expenses does not exceed:
(i) For visits to members of a person's immediate family pursuant
to Sec. 515.561, $50 per day plus up to an additional $50 per trip, if
needed, to cover within-Cuba transportation-related expenses.
(ii) For all other authorized activities, the ``maximum per diem
rate'' for Havana, Cuba, in effect during the period that the travel
takes place. The maximum per diem rate is published in the State
Department's ``Maximum Travel Per Diem Allowances for Foreign Areas,''
a supplement to section 925, Department of State Standardized
Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), which is available
from the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O.
Box 371945, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954 and on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/m/a/als/prdm
.

(3) Importation of Cuban merchandise prohibited. Nothing in this
section authorizes the importation into the United States of any
merchandise purchased or otherwise acquired in Cuba, including but not
limited to any importation of such merchandise as accompanied baggage.
The importation of Cuban-origin information and informational materials
is exempt from the prohibitions of this part, as described in Sec.
515.206.
(4) Carrying remittances to Cuba. The carrying to Cuba of any
remittances that the licensed traveler is authorized to remit pursuant
to Sec. 515.570 is authorized, provided that:
(i) The total of all family household remittances authorized by
Sec. 515.570(a) does not exceed $300, and
* * * * *
(f) Carrying accompanied baggage to Cuba. The carrying to Cuba of
accompanied baggage, as described in 15 CFR 740.14, provided that no
more than 44 pounds of accompanied baggage per traveler may be carried
unless otherwise authorized by the Bureau of Industry and Security of
the Department of Commerce or, for exportations of non-U.S. origin
accompanied baggage from third countries to Cuba, by a specific license
from OFAC.
* * * * *

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3. Revise Sec. 515.561 to read as follows:

Sec. 515.561 Persons visiting members of their immediate family in
Cuba.

(a) Visiting a family member who is a national of Cuba. Specific
licenses may be issued on a case-by-case basis to persons subject to
U.S. jurisdiction to engage in the travel-related transactions set
forth in Sec. 515.560(c) for the purpose of visiting a member of the
person's immediate family who is a national of Cuba, as that term is
defined in Sec. 515.302 of this part, in Cuba for a period not to
exceed 14 days in duration, provided it has been at least three years
since the most recent of the following three dates:
(1) If the applicant emigrated from Cuba, the date of emigration;
(2) The date the applicant left Cuba after the applicant's most
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visit family there pursuant to a general license from OFAC;
(3) The date of issuance of the applicant's most recent specific
license to visit family in Cuba.
(b) Visiting a family member who is not a national of Cuba.
Specific licenses may be issued on a case-by-case basis authorizing
persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to engage in the travel-related
transactions set forth in Sec. 515.560(c) and additional travel-
related transactions that are directly incident to the purpose of
visiting a member of the person's immediate family who is not a
national of Cuba, as that term is defined in Sec. 515.302 of this
part, in Cuba in exigent circumstances, provided the person to be
visited is in Cuba pursuant to an OFAC authorization, the particular
exigency has been reported to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, and
issuance of the license would support the mission of the U.S. Interests
Section in Havana.
(c) For the purpose of this section, the term ``member of a
person's immediate family'' means any spouse, child, grandchild,
parent, grandparent, or sibling of that person or that person's spouse,
as well as any spouse, widow, or widower of any of the foregoing.
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4. Amend Sec. 515.564 by adding a note to paragraph (a)(1) to read as
follows:

Sec. 515.564 Professional research and professional meetings in Cuba.

* * * * *

Note to paragraph (a)(1): This general license does not
authorize as professional research any travel-related transactions
incident to attendance at professional meetings or conferences. Such
transactions must either qualify under the general license set forth
in paragraph (a)(2) of this section or be the subject of a request
for a specific license under paragraph (b) of this section.



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5. Amend Sec. 515.565 by revising paragraphs (a) and (b) to read as
follows:

Sec. 515.565 Educational activities.

(a) Specific institutional licenses. Specific licenses for up to
one year in duration may be issued to an accredited U.S. undergraduate
or graduate degree-granting academic institution authorizing the
institution, its students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate
degree program at the institution, and its full-time permanent
employees to engage, under the auspices of the institution, in the
travel-related transactions set forth in Sec. 515.560(c) and such
additional transactions that are directly incident to:
(1) Participation in a structured educational program in Cuba as
part of a course offered at the licensed institution, provided the
program includes a full term, and in no instance includes fewer than 10
weeks, of study in Cuba. An individual planning to engage in such
transactions must carry a letter from the licensed institution stating
that the individual is a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate
or graduate degree program at the institution or is a full-time
permanent employee of the institution, stating that the Cuba-related
travel is part of a structured educational program of the institution
that will be no shorter than 10 weeks in duration, and citing the
number of the institution's license;
(2) Noncommercial academic research in Cuba specifically related to
Cuba and for the purpose of obtaining a graduate degree. A student
planning to engage in such transactions must carry a letter from the
licensed institution stating that the individual is a student currently
enrolled in a graduate degree program at the institution, stating that
the research in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward that degree,
and citing the number of the institution's license;
(3) Participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic
institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be
accepted for credit toward the student's undergraduate or graduate
degree at the licensed U.S. institution and provided the course of
study is no shorter than 10 weeks in duration. An individual planning
to engage in such transactions must carry a letter from the licensed
U.S. institution stating that the individual is a student currently
enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the U.S.
institution, stating that the study in Cuba will be accepted for credit
toward that degree and will be no shorter than 10 weeks in duration,
and citing the number of the U.S. institution's license;
(4) Teaching at a Cuban academic institution by an individual
regularly employed in a teaching capacity at the licensed institution,
provided the teaching activities are related to an academic program at
the Cuban institution and provided that the duration of the teaching
will be no shorter than 10 weeks. An individual planning to engage in
such transactions must carry a written letter from the licensed U.S.
institution stating that the individual is a full-time permanent
employee regularly employed in a teaching capacity at the U.S.
institution and citing the number of the U.S. institution's license;
(5) Sponsorship, including the payment of a stipend or salary, of a
Cuban scholar to teach or engage in other scholarly activity at the
licensed institution (in addition to those transactions authorized by
the general license contained in Sec. 515.571). Such earnings may be
remitted to Cuba as provided in Sec. 515.570 or carried on the person
of the Cuban scholar returning to Cuba as provided in Sec.
515.560(d)(3); or
(6) The organization of and preparation for activities described in
paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(5) of this section by a full-time
permanent employee of the licensed institution. An individual engaging
in such transactions must carry a written letter from the licensed
institution stating that the individual is a full-time permanent
employee of that institution and citing the number of the institution's
license.

Note to paragraph (a): See Sec. Sec. 501.601 and 501.602 of
this chapter for applicable recordkeeping and reporting
requirements. Exportation of equipment and other items, including
the transfer of technology or software to foreign persons (``deemed
exportation''), may require separate authorization from the
Department of Commerce.

(b) Other specific licenses. Specific licenses may be issued to
individuals on a case-by-case basis authorizing the travel-related
transactions set forth in Sec. 515.560(c) and other transactions
directly incident to the educational activities described in paragraphs
(a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section but not engaged in pursuant to a
specific license issued to an institution pursuant to paragraph (a) of
this section.
* * * * *

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6. Revise Sec. 515.567 to read as follows:

Sec. 515.567 Public performances, athletic and other competitions,
and exhibitions.

(a) Amateur and semi-professional international sports federation
competitions. Specific licenses, including for multiple trips to Cuba
over an extended period of time, may be issued on a case-by-case basis
authorizing the travel-related transactions set forth in Sec.
515.560(c) and other transactions that are directly incident to
athletic competition by amateur or semi-professional athletes or
athletic teams wishing to travel to participate in athletic competition
in Cuba, provided that:
(1) The athletic competition in Cuba is held under the auspices of
the international sports federation for the relevant sport;
(2) The U.S. participants in the athletic competition are selected
by the U.S. federation for the relevant sport; and
(3) The competition is open for attendance, and in relevant
situations participation, by the Cuban public.
(b) Public performances, other athletic or other non-athletic
competitions, and exhibitions. Specific licenses, including

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for multiple trips to Cuba over an extended period of time, may be
issued on a case-by-case basis authorizing the travel-related
transactions set forth in Sec. 515.560(c) and other transactions that
are directly incident to participation in a public performance,
athletic competition not covered by paragraph (a) of this section, non-
athletic competition, or exhibition in Cuba by participants in such
activities, provided that:
(1) The event is open for attendance, and in relevant situations
participation, by the Cuban public; and
(2) All U.S. profits from the event after costs are donated to an
independent nongovernmental organization in Cuba or a U.S.-based
charity, with the objective, to the extent possible, of benefiting the
Cuban people.
(c) Specific licenses will not be issued pursuant to this section
authorizing any debit to a blocked account.

Note to Sec. 515.567: See Sec. 515.571 for the authorization
of certain transactions related to the activities of nationals of
Cuba traveling in the United States.



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7. Amend Sec. 515.570 by revising paragraphs (a), (d) introductory
text, and (d)(1) and the note to the section to read as follows:

Sec. 515.570 Remittances to nationals of Cuba.

(a) Periodic $300 family household remittances authorized. Persons
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States who are 18 years of
age or older are authorized to make remittances to nationals of Cuba
who are members of the remitter's immediate family, provided that:
(1) The remitter's total remittances do not exceed $300 per
recipient household in any consecutive 3-month period, regardless of
the number of members of the remitter's immediate family comprising
that household;
(2) The remittances are not made from a blocked source unless:
(i) The remittances are authorized pursuant to paragraph (c) of
this section; or
(ii) The remittances are made to a recipient in a third country and
are made from a blocked account in a banking institution in the United
States held in the name of, or in which the beneficial interest is held
by, the recipient; and
(3) The recipient is not a prohibited official of the Government of
Cuba or a prohibited member of the Cuban Communist Party. For the
purposes of this paragraph, the term ``prohibited official of the
Government of Cuba'' means: Ministers and Vice-ministers, members of
the Council of State, and the Council of Ministers; members and
employees of the National Assembly of People's Power; members of any
provincial assembly; local sector chiefs of the Committees for the
Defense of the Revolution; Director Generals and sub-Director Generals
and higher of all Cuban ministries and state agencies; employees of the
Ministry of the Interior (MININT); employees of the Ministry of Defense
(MINFAR); secretaries and first secretaries of the Confederation of
Labor of Cuba (CTC) and its component unions; chief editors, editors
and deputy editors of Cuban state-run media organizations and programs,
including newspapers, television, and radio; and members and employees
of the Supreme Court (Tribuno Supremo Nacional). For purposes of this
paragraph, the term ``prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party''
means: members of the Politburo; the Central Committee; Department
Heads of the Central Committee; employees of the Central Committee; and
secretary and first secretary of the provincial Party central
committees.
(4) For the purposes of this paragraph (a), the term ``member of
the remitter's immediate family'' means a spouse, child, grandchild,
parent, grandparent, or sibling of the remitter or the remitter's
spouse, as well as any spouse, widow, or widower of any of the
foregoing.

Note to paragraph (a): The maximum amount set forth in this
paragraph does not apply to remittances to a Cuban individual who
has been unblocked or whose current transactions are otherwise
authorized pursuant to Sec. 515.505, because remittances to such
persons do not require separate authorization.

* * * * *
(d) Specific licenses. Specific licenses may be issued on a case-
by-case basis authorizing the following:
(1) Remittances by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including
but not limited to nongovernmental organizations and individuals, to
independent non-governmental entities in Cuba, including but not
limited to pro-democracy groups, civil society groups, and religious
organizations, and to members of such groups or organizations.
* * * * *

Note to Sec. 515.570: For the rules relating to the carrying of
remittances to Cuba, see paragraph (c)(4) of Sec. 515.560. Persons
subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from engaging in the
collection or forwarding of remittances to Cuba unless authorized
pursuant to Sec. 515.572. For a list of authorized U.S. remittance
service providers, see the following Web site: http://www.treas.gov/offices/eotffc/ofac/sanctions/cuba_tsp.pdf
.



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8. Amend Sec. 515.572 by revising paragraphs (a)(3) and (c)(4)(i) to
read as follows:

Sec. 515.572 Authorization of transactions incident to the provision
of travel services, carrier services, and remittance forwarding
services.

(a) * * *
(3) Authorization of remittance forwarders. Persons subject to U.S.
jurisdiction, including persons who provide remittance forwarding
services and noncommercial organizations acting on behalf of donors,
who wish to provide services in connection with the collection or
forwarding of remittances authorized pursuant to this part must obtain
a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Depository
institutions, as defined in Sec. 515.533, must obtain a license
pursuant to this section only for the provision of services in
connection with the collection and forwarding of remittances authorized
pursuant to paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of Sec. 515.570. Depository
institutions do not need a license pursuant to this section to provide
such services with respect to any other remittances authorized pursuant
to this part.
* * * * *
(c) * * *
(4)(i) In the case of applications for authorization to serve as
travel or carrier service providers, a report on the forms and other
procedures used to establish that each customer is in full compliance
with U.S. law implementing the Cuban embargo and either qualifies for
one of the general licenses contained in this part authorizing travel-
related transactions in connection with travel to Cuba or has received
a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control issued
pursuant to this part. In the case of a customer traveling pursuant to
a general license, the applicant must demonstrate that it requires each
customer to attest, in a signed statement, to his or her qualification
for the particular general license claimed. The statement must provide
facts supporting the customer's belief that he or she qualifies for the
general license claimed. In the case of a customer traveling under a
specific license, the applicant must demonstrate that it requires the
customer to furnish it with a copy of the license. The copy of the
signed statement or the specific license must be maintained on file
with the applicant.
* * * * *

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9. Remove the reference to ``Sec. 515.565(a)(2)(v)'' each place it

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appears in part 515 and add in its place ``Sec. 515.565(a)(5)''.

Dated: June 10, 2004.
R. Richard Newcomb,
Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Approved: June 10, 2004.
Juan C. Zarate,
Deputy Assistant Secretary (Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes),
Department of the Treasury.
[FR Doc. 04-13630 Filed 6-14-04; 9:51 am]

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