The Pentagon on Tuesday, February 23, officially presented to the U.S. Congress plan to close the prison in Guantanamo, stressing that the movement of the object on American territory will allow to significantly save the budget in the future.
With the corresponding statement was made at a briefing in the Pentagon press-Secretary of Department Peter cook, transfers «UKRINFORM».
«The Ministry of defence today presented to Congress a plan by the administration to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay,» said cook.
He stressed that the implementation of this plan will enhance US national security and to deny terrorists a potent propaganda symbol. In addition, this decision will strengthen relationships with key allies and partners in the fight against terrorism and will reduce costs.
The plan has several key provisions, including how to be prisoners, as well as cooperation with Congress regarding the establishment of the location of this prison throughout the United States.
Thus, according to the Pentagon, now the content of the prison at Guantanamo Bay annually costing $65-$85 million more than similar facilities in the USA.
«Given the costs of closure and relocation of this object, you can save at least $335 million over 10 years to $1.7 billion for 20 years», — said at the Pentagon.
Military base of Guantanamo was opened by the Americans in 1903 after the Spanish-American war, when the White house managed to impose Cuban Republic the amendment to the Constitution, and with it the onerous conditions that have put the island completely dependent on their «Northern neighbour». Base in Cuba was surrendered to the Americans then by the Cuban authorities to rent for 100 years.
According to the Cuban side, the agreement on Guantanamo Bay lost their legal force after the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959, while the White house has constantly insisted that the lease is for 100 years. Currently has expired and the formal term, but base not only remains: it reopened the notorious prison, where after the terrorist attacks in USA in 2001 the Americans, without any consent of international bodies and the Cuba, began to put individuals they suspect of terrorism. In prison at one time housed up to 500 prisoners. She got a sad fame because of the inhuman conditions of detention.
The Pentagon formally presented to Congress a plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay 24.02.2016