Radio Havana Cuba | Guantánamo Naval Base: an insult to the dignity of Cubans

By María Josefina Arce

Guantánamo is the scene of a new International Peace Seminar and for the abolition of foreign military bases that limit the sovereignty of the people,
They constitute a destabilizing element and a threat to international security.

The United States and its NATO allies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have about 850 of these enclaves around the world, 70 of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It is precisely in Guantánamo that Washington, against the will of the Cuban government and the Cuban people, has illegally maintained a naval base since 1903, which encouraged corruption, vice and prostitution until 1959.

And after the revolutionary triumph it became a focus of tension and provocations. Between 1962 and 1996 alone, more than eight thousand territorial violations, both in the air and at sea, and thousands of hostile incidents were recorded.

In its supposed war against terrorism, the United States has installed illegal prisons around the world, and the Guantánamo Naval Base was one of them. More than 700 people were tortured and detained there.

UN human rights experts called the violations in that enclave a stain on Washington’s commitment to the rule of law.

But in addition, the illegal naval base has caused damage to the environment. Cuban experts have pointed out the serious damage to the Guantanamo Valley’s soil since its creation in 1903.

In the most diverse international forums, the Cuban government has demanded, on behalf of the entire people, the closure of the base and the return of that appropriated territory.

A claim that is supported by the participants of the seven editions of the International Seminar on Peace and against Military Bases, and that during this eighth meeting they will once again express their solidarity with the justified claim of the Cuban people.

The Guantánamo naval base constitutes an insult to Cuba’s dignity and sovereignty and contradicts the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, adopted in Havana in 2014 at the second summit of the Community of Latin American states and the Caribbean.