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Britain will not take Guantanamo prisoners despite plea by Barack Obama - Telegraph
Britain will not take any more detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp despite a plea from President Barack Obama for help from Europe.

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said that Britain had "done our bit" following the nine British nationals and six British residents already received or expected.

"Britain has given that help already," he said. "We have done our bit. We have played an important role in showing that this can be done in a safe and secure way."

European Union foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, gave a warm welcome to the new US President's decision to close the camp within a year. But most were lukewarm about the idea of taking in non-Europeans that the US does not intend to put on trial and who cannot be sent home for fear they might be mistreated.

The issue has become an early test of Europe's relationship with President Obama.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:13:50 PM EST
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EU: We Need Time Before Hosting Released Guantanamo Inmates | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 27.01.2009

"Due to the legal situation in different (EU) countries, we can't give a quick answer ... It is not a question which can be solved in weeks or months," said Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, whose country holds the bloc's rotating presidency.


While the new administration of US President Barack Obama has not yet officially asked European governments to host any of the 60 Guantanamo inmates eligible for release, a list of possible candidates has already begun circulating in European capitals.


But the lack of a quick response from the EU is likely to be ill-received in Washington.


Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:  Europeans want to get off on a good foot with Obama

Analysts had warned ahead of Monday's talks that the EU's reaction on Guantanamo represented the first real test of Europe's will to start relations with the Obama administration on a positive note.


As Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb said, "we need to shake hands with the US: it's a new, fresh start."


by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:14:44 PM EST
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I'm glad to hear this. i hope we hear it from everybody else.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:43:23 PM EST
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Here's an idea: Some of these people have been "disappeared" using European airports, airspace and other infrastructure. We clearly owe those people help, however much we might like to watch the Americans marinate in the fallout from their own (widely supported) policies. We had a job to do under international law: Prevent "disappearances" on our territory. We failed.

So what if we say to the Americans that we'll take the ones that they can prove were brought through European jurisdiction during their kidnapping? That way, we'd help some of the victims, we'd reach out to the Americans... and they'd have to wave around enough of their dirty laundry to enable outsiders to more or less reconstruct their black ops runs for the last seven or eight years.

As a pure bonus, we get first-grade evidence for domestic criminal prosecutions.

They'll never go for it, of course. But we could make the offer just as a show of goodwill.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 02:03:41 PM EST
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