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Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

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 Cuban President Raul Castro is demanding that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate it for damages before the two countries re-establish normal relations.

   He says that full diplomatic relations can be established before those demands are met, but "if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense." He spoke Wednesday at a summit in Costa Rica.

   Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other's countries.

   Obama also offered to loosen the embargo with a range of measures that would increase economic ties before the U.S. and Cuba. Cuba welcomed the offer but has pushed for additional measures.

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