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Red Cross Seeks Access to All US Terrorism Detainees

09 December 2005

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says his organization is in intense dialogue with U.S. authorities to gain access to all detainees held under the struggle against terrorism.

Jakob Kallenberger told reporters in Geneva the Red Cross has visited many detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, in Afghanistan and in Iraq. He says his group has been pressing for two years to gain access to detainees in undisclosed locations.

U.S. State Department legal advisor John Bellinger acknowledged to reporters Thursday that the United States has not granted the Red Cross access to all detainees. He did not elaborate.

U.S news reports last month said the United States has held detainees at secret locations in Europe. A spokesman for the group Human Rights Watch told a Warsaw newspaper Poland was the main center for detaining such suspects.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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