U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today asked the State Department to give the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard "the utmost importance" in new negotiations with Cuba.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Menendez said that Chesimard and other fugitives must be extradited to the U.S. before Cuba is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"It is essential to recognize that the Castro regime has a long track record of providing sanctuary to terrorists and harboring U.S. fugitives who have murdered American citizens, while undermining international security," Menendez said. "Before Cuba is removed from the list of state sponsors of terror, the Castro regime must be held to account for these acts and American fugitives must be brought back to face justice in the U.S. It is of the utmost importance that the State Department raise these issues."

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