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Cuban Communist Balaguer: WPC Faces Growing Challenges
The World Peace Council is facing today as never before the challenge of increasing its actions for universal peace and the sovereignty of nations, which are at growing risk of destruction as a consequence of military conflicts.

The statement was made by Jose Ramon Balaguer, member of the Secretariat of Cuba's Communist Party Central Committee at the 4th International Seminar for Peace and for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, which is underway in the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo, where the US illegally maintains a naval base against the will of the Cuban people.

Balaguer, who also heads the Cuban Communist Party's International Relations Department, said that the forum takes place amidst a very complex international reality marked by wars, terrorist acts, government chaos in many areas of the world such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, where the crude effects of the US interventionist policy are being felt.

As to the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, the party leaders said that the facility is the oldest of over 600 US military bases around the world, 76 of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean. The base was turned by the George W. Bush administration into a prison and center of torture, which Balaguer described as a shame for the United States, which self-proclaims a pioneer of human rights.

The US prison camp in Guantanamo still hosts 107 prisoners with 46 of them under indefinite incarceration and no charges, said US activist Ann Wright during the first day of the event.

The Forum, which opened on Monday and runs till Wednesday is being attended by 200 participants, including Silvio Platero, president of the Cuban Movement for Peace and the Sovereignty of the Peoples, Brazilian Maria do Socorro Gomez, President of the World Peace Council among other renowned personalities. / CNA.

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