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The U.S. Will Not Return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, the White House Says
TIME Staff Jan. 29, 2015

U.S. has leased land on Guantanamo Bay since the 1903 Cuban–American Treaty

Despite the recent historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the White House
said Thursday it had no plans to return Guantánamo Bay, the site of a
significant U.S. naval base and military on the island-nation’s
southeast coast.

This announcement comes in response to Wednesday’s statement from Cuban
President Raúl Castro that restoring Havana’s control of the bay is a
prerequisite for normalizing ties with the U.S, Agence -Presse
reports.

However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest indicated any such move was
off the cards. “The President does believe that the prison at Guantánamo
Bay should be closed down,” he said. “But the naval base is not
something that we wish to be closed.”

The U.S. currently controls over 45 sq. mi. of Guantánamo Bay as a
result of treaties dating back to the Spanish-American War. The military
prison has been embroiled in controversy for reports of torture and the
absence of trials for inmates accused of terrorism.

The U.S. and Cuba reopened diplomatic ties in December after over 50
years of nonacknowledgment. Obama issued an executive order to close the
Guantánamo prison in 2009, but so far this has not come into fruition.

Source: The U.S. Will Not Return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, the White House
Says | TIME – http://time.com/3688995/u-s-guantanamo-bay-cuba-return/

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