A Cuban course participant at the International Agricultural Centre (IAC) disappeared two weeks ago without trace, about a month before the end of his course. ‘He suddenly just didn’t show up,’ says Rio Pals of the IAC. He is believed to have fled the country.
IAC is not responsible for students returning on time to their country, nor is it responsible for screening course applicants. The Netherlands embassy in the country of origin of the participant decides whether a candidate may apply for a temporary visa. ‘We only look at whether someone is qualified to participate in a course. This has nothing to do with the political situation in a country,’ said Pals. The incident therefore has no direct consequences for the way in which IAC works.
IAC also has not issued a statement on the incident. Pals: If someone has political problems, it is not up to the IAC to express an opinion on the matter. This is a completely different issue than something relating to a course.’ The Cuban embassy in the Netherlands has been informed of the disappearance. /LH