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19 February 2004

U.S. Agrees to Transfer Danish Detainee at Guantanamo to Denmark

State Dept. spokesman says details still being discussed

The United States has agreed to release to the government of Denmark a Danish national being held at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo. The facility is being used to house persons detained in the global war on terrorism.

State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said February 19 that Denmark assured Washington it would accept responsibility for the detainee "and take appropriate and specific steps to ensure that he will not pose a continued threat to the United States or the international community."

Boucher said the "timing and modalities" for the transfer are still being discussed.

Following is his statement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
February 19, 2004

Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman

TRANSFER OF DANISH NATIONAL FROM GUANTANAMO

The United States has agreed to release the Danish national detained at Guantanamo to the control of the Government of Denmark. This decision is based on assurances provided by the Government of Denmark that it will accept responsibility for its national and take appropriate and specific steps to ensure that he will not pose a continued threat to the United States or the international community. This transfer is the product of extensive discussions between our two governments. Denmark is one of our closest allies in the war on terrorism, and we are satisfied it will do everything possible to ensure that the individual does not engage in terrorist activities. The timing and modalities for transfer remain under discussion.

The Government and the people of Denmark have been courageous partners in the fight against terror. Our cooperation on this issue, as on so many others, is a continuing testament to the close relationship between our two countries.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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