Since 1903, the United States has had a lease on Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay, where the US naval base is located. Since the severing of US-Cuba relations in 1959, Cuba has demanded the return of Guantanamo Bay, calling the US control of the territory illegal. Kerry told the press that while he cannot tell what issues will be addressed by the US and Cuban governments in the future, the issue of US possession of the Guantanamo Bay is "not on the table."
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.