Havana, November 1 (RHC) – The government of the United States is launching covert operations from its Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba, under the pretext that it lies outside U.S. territorial jurisdiction, said the American scholar Jonathan Hansen.
Hansen, a Harvard University researcher, spoke at a meeting in Havana to mark the 110th anniversary of the illegal occupation of that part of Cuba’s territory by the US Government. The gathering was sponsored by Cuba’s Institute of History.
The U.S. scholar said the U.S. military installation, maintained on the island against the will of the Cuban people and Government, is used to launch activities banned by US law. These include a prison where hundreds of opponents from all over the world are illegally imprisoned and even tortured. These activities are banned in U.S. territory, and the U.S. government conducts them illegally at the U.S. Guantanamo base.
Hansen, who voiced his support of Cuba’s demand that the U.S. base be closed and the territory on which it stands be returned to its legitimate owner, the people of Cuba, said the presence of so-called terrorists imprisoned in the base has become a pretext used by the U.S. government to keep its illegal occupation of that territory since the year 1903.
The presence of the base in Guantanamo Bay, in Eastern Cuba, is regarded by the Cuban Government as a gross violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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