European Union Ready To Help Resettle Guantanamo Detainees

06.15.09 | FL News Team

 

Members of the European Union say they're ready to help resettle detainees freed from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  In a statement, the EU says it backs the U.S. decision to shutter the detention center.  It outlined how its member states will proceed with resettling the detainees.  Washington will share information with the EU member states about the freed detainees and will consider chipping in on the costs of resettling the former prisoners.  The statement said by supporting the U.S. in shutting down the detention center, quote, "the EU hopes to contribute to changing U.S. policies and to help the United States turn the page."
The prison was opened under former President George W. Bush after the 9-11 attacks on the U.S.  It has been roundly criticized by human rights groups on allegations of detainee abuse.  President Obama has ordered the facility closed by the end of January 2010.

Members of the European Union say they are ready to help resettle detainees freed from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a statement, the EU says it backs the U.S. decision to shutter the detention center.

The EU outlined how its member states will proceed with resettling the detainees. Washington will share information with the EU member states about the freed detainees and will consider chipping in on the costs of resettling the former prisoners.

The statement said by supporting the U.S. in shutting down the detention center, "the EU hopes to contribute to changing U.S. policies and to help the United States turn the page."

The prison was opened under former President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. It has been roundly criticized by human rights groups. President Obama has ordered the facility closed by the end of January 2010.