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Cuba, US Sign Deal on Oil-Spill Prevention



    Cuba, US Sign Deal on Oil-Spill Prevention
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    GULF OF MEXICO- MAY 5: Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire May 5, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard oversaw the oil burn after the sinking and subsequent massive oil leak because of the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off the coast of Louisiana.

    Cuba and the United States have signed an accord on preventing and cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. 

    Monday's agreement is another step in the Obama Administration's efforts to solidify its legacy of normalization with Cuba before a Republican administration takes over.

    The agreement calls on both countries to establish a bilateral operations plan in the event of a spill or other pollution in waters they share.

    "This agreement strengthens that relationship and helps ensures that our coastlines and marine environments and communities that depend on maritime commerce will be better protected for future generations," said Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Charge de Affairs.

    The Cuban and the U.S. Coast Guard already cooperate over migration and drug enforcement in the Caribbean, coordinating interdiction and control efforts and sharing information over activity in the waters of the Florida Straits.

    Both sides say the coordination is crucial to minimizing the effects of potential pollution in the Caribbean to both countries.

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