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TheFiscals are advocating for the outright purchase by force of eminent domain, the Naval Air Station at Guantánamo Bay by exercising Article III in the Naval Station Lease of 1903 to enforce Article IV in the Treaty of Relations of 1934. The Naval Base lease, the Platt Amendment and the Treaty of Relations signed by the United States and the Free Republic Cuba have language addressing the serious concerns for the public health against infectious disease outbreaks in Cuba, threatening the return travel to the southern ports of the United States. Dengue and Cholera are still pervasive in Cuba today. Most recently, Leptospirosis, an infectious disease in animal urine that enters the drinking water supply that is contracted by humans and attacks the kidneys until fatal. It has been on a standard path to a pandemic in Cuba since March 2015.
The 1903 Guantánamo Bay [Gtmo] Naval Station Lease with the Republic of Cuba
Article III reads:
"While on the one hand the United States recognizes the continuance of the ultimate Sovereignty of the Republic of Cuba over the above described areas of land and water, on the other hand the Republic of Cuba consents that during the period of the occupation by the United States of said areas under the Terms of this Agreement, the United States shall exercise complete jurisdiction and control over and within said areas, with the right to acquire [under conditions to be hereafter agreed upon by the two Governments] for the Public purposes of the United States any land or other property therein by purchase or by exercise of eminent domain with full compensation to the owners thereof."
- Signed February 23, 1903
US President Theodore Roosevelt and
President of The Republic of Cuba Tomás Estrada de Palma
The Platt Amendment (1903) obligated the Cuban Government to protect the Public health of the Southern Ports of the United States from pandemics:
Clause V: "That the Government of Cuba will execute, and as far as necessary extend the plans already devised or other plans to be mutually agreed upon, for the sanitation of the Cities of the Island, to the end that a recurrence of any epidemic and infectious diseases may be prevented, thereby assuring protection to the People and commerce of Cuba, as well as to the commerce of the Southern Ports of the United States and the People residing therein."
(note: Platt Amendment was repealed by a Treaty of Relations of 1934)
Under Authority of The Treaty of Relations of 1934
Infectious diseases have always been a Foreign Policy priority for the Government of The United States as such, language addressing the Public Health concern has dealt with all legal contracts and Treaties with The Republic of Cuba.
Article IV reads verbatim:
"If at any time in the future, a situation should arise that appears to point to an outbreak of contagious diseases in the Territory of either of the Contracting Parties, either of the two Governments shall, for its protection, and without its act being considered unfriendly, exercise freely and at its discretion the right to suspend communications between those of its Ports that it may designate in all or part of the Territory of the other part and for the period that it may consider to be advisable."