EU talks Guantánamo with US
Published: Tuesday 17 March 2009 10:43 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday 17 March 2009 11:03 UTC
The European Union is holding talks with the United States to explore the possibility of taking in prisoners from Guantánamo Bay. EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot and Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer have travelled to Washington for the talks.
President Barack Obama has promised to close down the military prison camp, but the fate of the remaining 245 inmates has yet to be decided. The EU regards Guantánamo Bay as Washington's problem and wants to know why the inmates cannot be held in the United States. A number of individual member states, including Spain, Italy and France, have said they are prepared to take in small numbers of inmates under strict conditions.
The German city of Munich has announced its willingness to take in a group of 17 Uighurs arrested in Afghanistan in 2001. The group was allowed to leave Guantánamo two years ago, but there was nowhere for them to go. The Uighurs are an Islamic minority in the far west of China. Munich is home to the largest Uighur community in Western Europe.