Radio Netherlands reporting:
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque has asked the United States to return the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base to Cuba. Cuba has been asking for the restitution of the territory since former president Fidel Castro seized power in 1959. Guantánamo Bay was taken by US forces during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
US President Barack Obama’s decision to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp has given Havana new hope. Cuba considers the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty which allows the US to perpetually lease Guantánamo Bay illegal.
While we’re discussing things that should be returned to their rightful owners, we could discuss the 5,911 certified U.S. property claims against Cuba BY US CITIZENS AND US CORPORATIONS totalling in excess of $7 billion 2005 dollars.
Those claims do not include the claims of the millions of Cuban nationals whose properties were “nationalized” by the Castrist regime.
If Cuba wants Gitmo back, make them first pay for the billions of dollars they stole from American citizens and businesses, as well as the properties stolen from the people of Cuba, both there, and abroad.
Then we’ll talk.