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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:03 AM
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Cuba FM welcomes Obama order to close Guantanamo
GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) — Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque on Friday welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and said he hoped the US base there would be dismantled.

"I see the decision of President Obama to close the torture and detention center as a positive step, Perez Roque told journalists during a visit to Guatemala.

"I think that the existence of a center where they've carried out physical and psychological torture, and humiliated prisoners, is an affront to humanity," Perez Roque added.

The Cuban foreign minister said he hoped the United States would dismantle the naval base where the "war on terror" prison camp is located -- it has been in Guantanamo, on the island's southeast coast, for more than a century -- and return the land to Cuba ...

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:27 PM
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1. It's the perfect time to renounce the imperious behavior of some clearly over-reaching,
unbalanced, uncivilized politicians who danced at the end of strings controlled by the robber barons of this country.

As laws were ennacted to reverse, amend the damage done to OUR society by their filthy actions and their devastating results upon human lives in our OWN country, it was easy to turn a blind eye to the improper, immoral suppression of people in other countries in this hemisphere who didn't have a sponsoring country overseas to protect them from our predators.

It's time to give back that base to Cuba, it was never ours to start with, it was coerced, it was taken. Period. It was not a choice made by the Cuban people. Time to give it back, time to clean out that gulag, time to start cleaning up our behavior so it starts matching our pompous claims about ourselves.

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"The Guantanamo naval base remains against the will and desire of the people and the government of Cuba," Perez Roque said.

The 45-square-mile (115-square-kilometer) facility is the oldest overseas US Navy base; the Cuban government says the Guantanamo lease, signed in 1903, is invalid, while Washington claims it is valid.


Felipe Perez Roque


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