Cuban Foreign Minister Roberto Robaina is meeting secretly in Madrid with moderate members of the Cuban exile community to discuss prospects for political change in Cuba, diplomatic sources in Havana told TIME correspondent Cathy Booth. The clandestine confab is the first occasion in 35 years that a member of the Cuban Politburo has met with anti-Castro exiles. Among those meeting with Robaina are Ramon Cernuda, a spokesman for a Cuban human rights coalition; Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, once a political prisoner of the Castro government; and Alfredo Duran, a former Florida state legislator. All represent groups who do not support a violent overthrow of the Castro regime but advocate dialogue. The Cuban foreign ministry will not confirm or deny the report.