Johana Tablada, deputy director of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs’ U.S. Office
AT 10:30am today, April 9, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) informed the
United States Interests Section in Havana that the
Cuban government was prepared to hand over to its
authorities American citizens Joshua Michael Hakken,
his wife Sharyn Patricia Hakken and their two young
Previously, at 1:30pm on April 8,
the Cuban Ministry informed the United States
Interests Section in Havana, and subsequently the
State Department in Washington that, at 3.20pm on
April 7, 2013, the Hakken couple, accompanied by
their young children Chase Julian Hakken and Cole
Travis Hakken, had arrived at the Marina Hemingway
aboard the yacht Salty Paw, flying a U.S.
flag. The vessel arrived in Cuba in adverse weather
conditions, unsuitable for navigation.
Given press reports associating the
Hakken couple with a case of the kidnapping of
minors, the Cuban authorities communicated the
presence of these persons in the country.
From the outset, diplomatic notes
were exchanged and there has been professional and
constant communication between MINREX and the U.S.
Interests Section in Havana, in order to ensure the
integrity and wellbeing of the minors.
Havana, April 9, 2013