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Lyndon B. Johnson: White House Statement Declaring United States Determination To Guarantee the Security of the Naval Base at Guantanamo.
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177 - White House Statement Declaring United States Determination To Guarantee the Security of the Naval Base at Guantanamo.
February 7, 1964
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WHEN the Cuban Government shut off the water supply to Guantanamo, it deliberately broke an agreement made in 1938, reasserted in 1947, and personally supported by Fidel Castro in 1958. The United States is determined to guarantee the security of the Guantanamo Naval Base and does not intend to submit that security or the welfare of the servicemen and their families who live there to further irresponsible actions of the Cuban Government. The President has instructed the Department of Defense to make the Guantanamo base self-sufficient. In response the Secretary of Defense has issued instructions to:

1. Assure the base control over its own water supply both by conversion of sea water to fresh water and by the transportation of water by ship.

2. Reduce the employment of Cuban personnel who are subject to the control of the Cuban Government and whose wages contribute to its foreign exchange.

The reckless and irresponsible conduct of the Cuban Government remains a constant threat to the peace of this hemisphere. The consequences of further provocations by Castro should be carefully weighed by all nations.

These matters are being called to the attention of the members of the Organization of American States for consideration in connection with charges now pending against Cuba in that organization. They will also be discussed with the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in order that those governments can take them into account in connection with their determination of their own policies toward the threats to the security of the Western Hemisphere posed by the Castro regime.


Note: This statement was read by the Press Secretary to the President, Pierre Salinger, at his news conference held at the White House at 6:35 p.m. on February 7, 1964.
Citation: Lyndon B. Johnson: "White House Statement Declaring United States Determination To Guarantee the Security of the Naval Base at Guantanamo.," February 7, 1964. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=26062.
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