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U.S. Department Of State
96/09/20 Statement:  Helms/Burton Implementation Unit Established
Office of the Spokesman


Press Statement By Nicholas Burns, Spokesman
September 20, 1996


               Implementation Of Title IV Of The
      Cuban Liberty And Democratic Solidarity Act Of 1996:
                    Special Unit Established

The Department of State is pleased to announce that it has
established the Helms-Burton Implementation Unit within the
Office of Cuban Affairs to collect and analyze information from
all available sources on whether property in Cuba claimed by a
U.S. national has been confiscated or whether "trafficking" in
such property has occurred, as defined in Title IV of the Cuban
Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act, also known as
the Helms-Burton Act.

The United States Government is moving expeditiously to
implement Title IV of the Act.  Title IV provides for the
denial of visas to or exclusion from the United States of any
foreign national who the Secretary of State determines is a
person who, after March 12, 1996, confiscates or "traffics" in
confiscated property in Cuba, a claim to which is owned by a
U.S. national.

The Department of State welcomes information from potential
claimants and others.  All information, inquiries and comments
concerning the Department's implementation of Title IV should
be directed to the Helms-Burton Implementation Unit by phone
(202) 647-7050 or fax (202) 647-7095.  Written inquiries or
comments may be addressed to the Helms-Burton Implementation
Unit, Office of Cuban Affairs, Room 3234, U.S. Department of
State, Washington, D.C. 20520-6258.
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