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US and Cuba hold immigration talks

Cuba will accept the return of ''undesirable'' Cuban refugees whom the United States is trying to send home only if Washington agrees to issue visas to thousands of Cubans wanting to emigrate, according to official Cuban sources.

The US State Department confirmed Saturday that the Reagan administration had been holding talks with Cuba on the return of about 1,000 Cubans, including criminals and mental patients, who went to the United States in the Mariel boatlift in 1980.

Although the two nations maintain low-level diplomatic contacts in each other's capitals, the meetings marked the first time in years that the two sides have held formal talks.

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