Switzerland says to consider taking Gitmo detainees
Switzerland is ready to consider taking in detainees from the illegal U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the Swiss government said
Switzerland is ready to consider taking in detainees from the illegal U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba if that helps to shut it down, the Swiss government said on Wednesday.
"For Switzerland, the detention of people in Guantanamo is in conflict with international law. Switzerland is ready to consider how it can contribute to the solution of the Guantanamo problem," the government said in a statement.
Switzerland said it welcomed the expressed intention of U.S. President Barack Obama to close the prison and would investigate security and legal implications of possibly taking in detainees. About 255 men are still held there.
Portugal has been pushing since December for European Union states to accept detainees, and has said it was ready to do so. EU foreign ministers will discuss the issue at their next meeting on Jan. 26.
Reuters Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2009, 11:32