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SLUG: 2-305573 U-S / Britain (S-O)
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DATE=07/18/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=U-S / BRITAIN (S)

NUMBER=2-305573

BYLINE= MEREDITH BUEL

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

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INTRO: The Bush administration has announced the United States is suspending legal proceedings against British and Australian terror suspects. Washington correspondent Meredith Buel has details.

TEXT: The White House says President Bush has decided "not to commence any military commission proceedings" against British and Australian nationals being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a statement the administration announced that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have asked legal experts from their respective countries "to discuss a range of options for disposition" of the detainees.

Britain's attorney general is expected to lead a delegation to Washington next week.

The statement also says U-S and Australian officials will hold talks in the near future.

The announcement came a day after Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair met in Washington and launched a spirited defense of the decision to wage war in Iraq.

Nine British citizens are among the hundreds of detainees being held at a U-S naval base in Cuba.

Most were arrested following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States and the subsequent war in Afghanistan.

Britain and other nations say their citizens should be returned to their home countries for any legal action against them. (Signed)

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