EU Gitmo envoy urges world to take captives from US

Belgian senator Anne-Marie Lizin, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special envoy for Guantanamo urged the world's nations to speed its shutdown by agreeing to incarcerate detainees.

EU Gitmo envoy urges world to take captives from US
Belgian senator Anne-Marie Lizin, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special envoy for Guantanamo urged the world's nations to speed its shutdown by agreeing to incarcerate detainees.

Belgian senator Anne-Marie Lizin, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special envoy for Guantanamo, told the 56-nation group that few countries are willing to imprison 80 detainees who are ready for transfer.

Lizin said only Albania, a staunchly pro-U.S. nation, has expressed willingness to host Guantanamo prisoners of any kind. Albania already has taken in eight former Guantanamo inmates.

She said her native Belgium has taken in two prisoners, and that Denmark, Lithuania and Germany have expressed conditional interest.

Her message to Guantanamo critics: "Criticizing the U.S. is easy — but they also have to look at reality and maybe take some responsibility."

"It has to be closed, because it's a negative symbol for the United States," she said. "We would like to continue this pressure until the prison is closed."


AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 19:57
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