Closing Guantanamo Bay, central to Obama agenda for 2015

Washington, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) As the Christmas days elapse, the eventual closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is positioned today as one of the major challenges on the agenda of US President Barack Obama.

Faced with the prospect of an opposition Congress in both houses from January and after the announcement of executive decisions listed as bold on migration and relations with Cuba, Obama left in the candlestick-before traveling to Hawaii with his family- the controversy surrounding the detention center located in Cuban territory occupied against the will of the government of the island.

The president signed a legislation last week authorizing 585 billion dollars for the Department of Defense, but sent a message to the Capitol where he noted that the continued operation of the Guantanamo prison undermines national security.

“We must close it,” said Obama, who returned to the topic in a talk show on CNN in which he said he will do everything to achieve that goal.

The host of the White House has questioned the restrictions on transfer of prisoners to centers on American soil and in turn has been criticized for transfer them to their countries of origin.

From the perspective of the President, the provisions of Congress on this issue could, under certain circumstances, violate the constitutional principle of separation of powers.

Therefore, he again urged members of both parties to work to close the notorious detention center (held since 2002), which he considered a ‘national imperative’.

This week was known the resignation of Cliff Sloan, who negotiated the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

According to the American press, Sloan resigned as Special Envoy of the Government for the transfer of prisoners due to the frustration at the delay of the Pentagon to move them after the approval of their departure.

Sources close to official said that only a few prisoners were released -four were recently transferred to Afghanistan and others were welcomed in Uruguay, while others are retained unnecessarily.

Since last November 17 prisoners have been transferred and the administration thinks they reduce the amount to less than 100, to pressure Congress to repeal the law prohibiting its transfer to the United States.


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