U.S. President Barack Obama issued a special statement, which relates to the closure of the prison at the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The presidential appeal was broadcast on the White house website.
According to Obama, the Pentagon submitted to the Congress a plan to close the prison. “Let’s go ahead and close that Chapter, — Obama said. — I don’t want this issue passed to the next President, whoever he was.” The President also stressed that the prison at guantánamo Bay undermines security in the United States.
It is assumed that 91 imprisoned prisoner 35 will be transferred from prison this year. The rest will either go or where they are willing to accept, or the United States. According to Obama, the U.S. already has the experience of keeping dangerous terrorists and the authorities coped with it “perfectly”.
During a conference call White house officials told reporters that the transfer of prisoners and closing the prison will require a one-time cost of $290 million to $475 million With annual expenditures of the U.S. government will decrease by $65-85 million Cost of closing the prison should be covered in three to five years.
According to Reuters, in case if legislators will not support the Obama proposal, the President could close the prison by his order. During his speech the head of state noted that the plan deserves “a fair hearing” even in an election year.