Obama 'not to close Guantanamo'

Gates said that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were "very, very low".

Obama 'not to close Guantanamo'

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were "very, very low" given broad opposition in Congress.

President Barack Obama has so far not been able to meet his promise to close Guantanamo, but the White House said this week he remained committed to doing so. The facility has drawn international condemnation for the torture of detainees.

Gates, testifying to the Senate, saw little hope for any breakthrough with Congress, which approved a bill that Obama signed into law last month barring so-called terrorism suspects at Guantanamo from being brought to the United States for trial.

"The prospects for closing Guantanamo as best I can tell are very, very low given very broad opposition to doing that here in the Congress," Gates told a Senate hearing.

Obama is believed to be in the final stages of reviewing U.S. detention policy.

Agencies

Last Mod: 18 Şubat 2011, 18:00
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