Mauritania has officially denied the existence of "an American detention center" within its boundaries as alleged by the latest edition of an American magazine The New Yorker.
"Mauritania is a law-abiding country that upholds internationalconventions and can never accept to harbor such a center on its soil," Mauritanian foreign ministry said Wednesday.
In the article published by the magazine, the writer says "the center was opened in 2005," shortly after the military coup against the government "which took place with the blessings of the Americans" and which brought down the regime of Maouya Ould Taya.
Currently "the center has about 39 suspected terrorists," the article says adding that American soldiers do not require visas to enter Mauritania.
The article, which first appeared on The New Yorker, has been republished by the local press in Nouakchott drawing reaction from ordinary Mauritanians.
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