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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of April 11, 1994

1. BAHAMAS Q: Press reports say that the Bahamian government will no longer allow the U.S. Coast Guard to return Cubans stopped at sea to the Bahamas. What's the USG response to this decision?

A: WE HAVE ONLY SEEN PRESS ARTICLES REPORTING THIS DECISION, AND WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO COMMENT ON THOSE.

--THE UNITED STATES HAS ENJOYED A LONG AND CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS (GOCB) ON A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT BILATERAL ISSUES, INCLUDING MIGRATION.

--WE ENCOURAGE THOSE CUBANS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE UNDER U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW AND WHO WISH TO IMMIGRATE TO THE UNITED STATES TO DO SO IN A SAFE, LEGAL AND ORDERLY MANNER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW.

2. CHILE Q. Why did the State Department deny Lockheed permission to send F-16 fighters to an air show in Chile?

A. IT IS CURRENT U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY NOT TO SELL ADVANCED SUPERSONIC JET FIGHTERS IN THE SOUTHERN CONE OF SOUTH AMERICA.

--THE UNITED STATES IS A RESPONSIBLE ARMS SUPPLIER. IN GENERAL, WE SEEK TO ENSURE U.S. ARMS TRANSFERS ARE USED EFFECTIVELY TO IMPROVE SECURITY AND DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO A CONVENTIONAL ARMS RACE IN THE REGION.

--THE AIR SHOW LICENSE APPLICATION TO TAKE THESE FIGHTERS TO THE RECENT CHILEAN AIR SHOW WAS DENIED AS WE DID NOT WANT TO SUGGEST THE F-16 WAS AVAILABLE FOR EXPORT TO THE SOUTHERN CONE OF SOUTH AMERICA.

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