Spain may take five from Guantanamo prison

Moratinos declined to give the nationalities of the prisoners under discussion.

Spain may take five from Guantanamo prison

Spain is willing to take five inmates of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison, Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama promised to close the widely criticised jail set up by his predecessor, George W. Bush, during his first year in office, but the deadline passed in January and 192 detainees remain.

Spain agreed to take Guantanamo inmates last year.

Relations suffered a setback this month when Obama said he would not attend a United States-European Union summit which Spain had hoped to host in Madrid in May to mark its six-month stint as the bloc's president.

Moratinos declined to give the nationalities of the prisoners under discussion.

"It will obviously be done with every legal guarantee needed in order to defend the country's security and legal situation," Moratinos told journalists.

About 10 EU member states have so far accepted detainees.


Reuters

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