Theodore's World: Communist Raúl Castro Says U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba

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January 29, 2015

Communist Raúl Castro Says U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba

U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba, Raúl Castro Says

Cuban President Raúl Castro demanded Wednesday that the U.S. return the base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Mr. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but “if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.”

Mr. Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other’s countries. The two governments held negotiations in Havana last week to discuss both the reopening of embassies and the broader agenda of re-establishing normal relations.

On Wednesday, Mr. Castro emphasized an even broader list of Cuban demands, saying that while diplomatic ties may be re-established, normal relations with the U.S. depend on a series of concessions that appear highly unlikely in the near future.

The U.S. established the military base in 1903, and the current Cuban government has been demanding the land’s return since the 1959 revolution that brought it to power. Cuba also wants the U.S. to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for losses caused by the embargo.

Wild Thing's comment.........

This was Obama's plan from the beginning.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 29, 2015 12:47 AM


Just like Jimmy Carter giving away the Panama Canal.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at January 29, 2015 12:49 PM