Homeland Security

Germany to take in two Guantanamo inmates

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, July 7, IRNA -- Germany has reportedly agreed to take in two inmates still languishing at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, media reports said here on Wednesday.

German government sources were quoted as saying that two of Germany's 16 states, Hamburg and Rhineland Palatinate, had agreed to accept the prisoners.

They also confirmed a newspaper report that the men would arrive in two months from the controversial US prison camp on the island of Cuba.

Berlin had been involved in secret talks with Washington on taking in Guantanamo prisoners.

In March, a German delegation met with some of the prisoners who were on its short-list, at the US military jail.

The German interior ministry received late last year a list of names by the US special envoy Daniel Fried, who is in charge of relocating Guantanamo inmates to other countries.

German authorities have conducted lengthy personal interviews with the inmates to see whether they could be taken in by Germany.

More than 180 inmates remain reportedly in America's notorious prison for foreign terrorism suspects in Cuba.

The Obama administration, which aims to shut down the Guantanamo prison, has struggled to relocate detainees deemed to no longer pose a threat to US interests.

Few of its foreign allies have been willing to accept them and there is strong opposition within America to having them on the US territory.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1218189



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