The time in Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba. -Since the official opening of embassies in Havana and Washington was announced, as part of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, it is important to remember the bases on which the work of both representations lies.
As the parties have announced, the restoration of embassies and their future performance are closely linked to the unrestricted compliance with the international rules for these cases.
Havana, Cuba.-The plans by U.S. President Barack Obama to close the naval base in Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba, are now at a crossroads and according to experts, it is about to collapse.
The United States has maintained since 2002 a detention center in that military facility, located in Cuban territory against the will of the Cuban people and government. According to Obama's counterterrorism adviser, O. Lisa Monaco, the president remains firm in his commitment to close the prison, a goal "for which all the national security team is working, as well as the Departments of State, Defense, Justice and the intelligence community."
The approval process for the transfer of prisoners is complex, because there are some regulations restricting the transfer of the detainees to prisons within the United States, and for that reason, the Pentagon chief should notify to the Congress 30 days before of any decision and confirm that there are no significant risks. But Obama's old aspiration continues hounding, in contrast to the good results he lately has, with the approval by the Supreme Court to his health program (Obamacare) and the achievement of the nuclear deal with Iran, an article from The New York Times said today.
The text, signed by journalist Charlie Savage, states that the delays by Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, to transfer the detainees to other countries, has generated a growing concern at the White House and the State Department, as government officials say.
About 116 detainees are currently in prison, 52 of which are proposed to be transfered if safety requirements are complied with, most of them from Yemen and because of the instability situation existing in that Arab country, the White House prefers to send them to other nations, rather than repatriate them.
Havana, Cuba.-Cuba denounced here today the dilatory maneuvers by some western countries to prevent the progress in fighting racism and discrimination.
Cuban diplomat Claudia Perez remarked that some western nations are opposed to the efforts by southern countries, aimed at fighting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.