Voices unite in Granma to demand closure of Guantánamo Naval Base

Granma Beginning February 20, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) affiliate in Granma province will be hosting a new space to promote discussion and demand the return of the territory illegally occupied by the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo.

Under the title “Guantánamo nuestro” (Our Guantánamo), the activity will take place every two months at the institution, with the aim of increasing support for this just demand, explained Noemí Rabasa, ICAP representative in Granma, to the press, February 2.

She noted that the first session will open with a panel discussion led by José Sánchez Guerra, Granma historian and expert on this issue.

The ICAP representative recalled that the return of the illegally occupied territory is one of the main issues to be resolved in order to advance in the current process toward the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

According to Rabasa, discussed during the encounter will be the illegal character of the facility and its risk to Cuba’s national sovereignty, as well as the impact of foreign military bases worldwide.

Scheduled to participate in this first edition are 25 Angolan students attending universities in the province, as this African country is one of several on the continent where the U.S. has installed military bases, she noted.

Also invited are 20 young people from Latin America and the Caribbean studying medicine in the province.

The Guantánamo Naval Base was imposed under a 1903 Agreement on Coaling and Naval Stations, which Cuba does not recognize. The illegally occupied territory constitutes a violation of the declaration of the region as a Zone of Peace, affirmed by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) member nations, in 2014, in the Cuban capital.

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