US: No Guantanamo Bay Return To Cuba After Castro Demands It

February 1, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

US says no to Guantanamo Bay return to Cuba during a press briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Mr Earnest made it clear that despite the renewed relations between the US and Cuba, President Barack Obama has no plans to give back Guantanamo Bay.

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The headline “US no Guantanamo Bay return” is trending and many are wondering what does it mean for the renewed talks between Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama. On Wednesday, Cuba’s president Raul Castro spoke to the media where he revealed that he wants president Barack Obama to give him back control of Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Castro said that the return of Guantanamo Bay to his government would help normalize the relation between the two nations. Castro also asked that the US trade embargo be lifted – it is not believed that Republican-controlled Senate and House will ever address such thorny matter.

The controversial leader stated:

“The re-establishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalising bilateral relations. But this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don’t give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo naval base.”

Since 1959, the Castros have been demanding the return of the land, claiming that it is a violation of international laws. On Thursday, during a press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest made it clear that the US plans to keep leasing Guantanamo Bay.

The White House spokesperson explained that while Obama still hopes to move all the prisoners before the end of his presidency, the naval base will remain open. In 2009, Obama issued an executive order to close the military prison that has been embroiled in numerous controversies over the years because of reports claiming that the inmates are being tortured and seldom get their cases heard by a judge.

Earnest told reporters:

“Obama does believe that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed down… but not the naval base.”

Since 1903 as part of a treaty after the Spanish-American War, the US has been in control of more than 45 sq. mi. of Guantanamo Bay. In December 2014, Havana and Washington announced that they had reopened diplomatic talks, agreeing to restore diplomatic ties severed in 1961.

Obama hopes to bypass Congress and re-establish an embassy in Cuba. The US saying no to a Guantanamo Bay return to Cuba might slow things down a bit. What do you think of this development?

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    1. Victoria says:

      Yeppers, stand up to ole Castro.. Give them a inch and they want too take a mile. That’s what USA gets for suckin up to Hitler’s Twin

    2. Paul Clark says:

      Who in the United Soviets of America was surprised that Cuba would want all of our captured property and up to $800 billion back for the financial crisis we caused with our 50 year old sanctions? Only those in this administration who have brought on the United Soviets of America nomenclature. I am astounded that we did not give them all of their demands. First time in 6 years we have won a foreign challenge. (But there is still time)

    3. Richard Lozier says:

      Never visited Cuba in 74 years, never intend too. Average Joe or Jane would be more upset about the old farts demands after another stupid move of Americas King. I’d be happy to see the King fix one thing in eight years. Make the “Do Not Call Law” work, then take your $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and ride off into the sunset.

    4. Glauber Moreno says:

      People who wanted the Cuban Independence never liked that the fact that governments before the Castros responded to the interest of USA, but let me see… oh! that was over 60 years. For the first time the Cuban government had the century and Raul blew it because he only respond to the interest of his half dead brother. How pathetic. I still thank President Obama for trying new things , this just show that no one needed to freak out when he started the process. It was clear that if it doesn’t work, then there’s no deal.

    5. Bill Roberts says:

      It was revealed that Kerry was in secret talks with Cuba for over a year before it became known to the media. Don’t you think that this is all part of the dance? Choreographed by both sides, we give them millions in aid relief, we keep the base, re-open an embassy, allow mutual visa travel and move the prisoners. If Congress doesn’t allow it then they will get beat up in the 2016 elections. Why do we need Cuba? And why now? We had a number of presidents since 1961 who saw no need to push this agenda. Hmmmm.


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