Oil Spill Sparks U.S.-Cuba Talks

Protective booms surround an island near mouth of the Mississippi River south of Venice, La. from an oil spill Monday, May 17, 2010. The oil is a result of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico nearly a month ago. AP

A U.S. State Department official says U.S and Cuban officials are holding "working level" talks on how to respond to the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill that is believed to be dumping some 5,000 barrels of crude a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

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The talks are the latest sign that concern is growing that strong currents could carry the slick far from the site of the spill, possibly threatening the Florida Keys and the pristine white beaches along Cuba's northern coast.

They are also a rare moment of cooperation between two countries locked in conflict for more than half a century.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to comment publicly.

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