Lithuania is to hold talks with the United States on taking in some of the inmates from the contentious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, the Baltic state's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Guantanamo is deplored by rights groups and foreign governments as a violation of international legal standards.
Lithuania, a former Soviet state and member of the EU and NATO since 2004, has been a staunch ally of Washington and had troops in Iraq. U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the closure of the prison within a year.
"The State Defence Council has authorised the Foreign Ministry to start consultations with the U.S. administration on Lithuania taking in several inmates from the Guantanamo prison," said Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas.
"We are not speaking about dozens, but only several prisoners who would not pose a danger to Lithuania's security," he told reporters. The State Defence Council is Lithuania's top body for dealing with security issues.
President Barack Obama last week ordered the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba within a one-year deadline. The prison, known for aggressive interrogation methods, is widely seen as a stain on America's human rights record.
He said a final decision would take more than days or weeks, but did not specify how long.
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