Pacheco Criticizes Castro’s Guantánamo Bay Request

April 22, 2005

CUBA’S recent proposal that theUnited Nations’ Human-RightsCommission investigate possible human rightsviolations against prisoners at theU.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay hasnot found favor with Costa RicanPresident Abel Pacheco.Asked about the proposal followinghis weekly Cabinet meeting Tuesday,Pacheco said Cuba needs to open its ownpractices to investigation before criticizingother countries.“What right would I have to ask that(authorities) intervene in your house if Idon’t permit that they intervene in mine,when both houses are suspicious?” hesaid, adding that Cuba should allow representativesof the commission to inspectconditions on the island before makingfurther claims against the United States.

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