Cuba and the United States: A speed bumb in negotiations

The attempt by the United States to mend diplomatic relations with Cuba has hit a speed bump. President Raul Castro made some demands earlier this week which included the United States returning lands it holds in Cuba as well as fully lifting the embargo on Cuba. The United States responded yesterday that it will not hand back the Guantanamo Bay naval base in negotiations with Cuba. President Castro had said earlier this week that his “demands must be met to normalize relations” between the two nations. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31029946] President Obama ‘”does believe that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed down… but not the naval base” according to the White House” [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31059030] Although some major gains have been made this month between the United States and Cuba, both sides want Guantanamo Bay with a certain sensible reason, so it seems both nations will need to focus on the embargo in negotiations if there is to be any more advancement from here.

-BJL

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