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Uruguay Will No Longer Accept Guantanamo Prisoners

Sputnik News

09:25 24.03.2015(updated 10:24 24.03.2015)

The new Uruguayan government says it will no longer grant asylum to prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

In December, Uruguay gave sanctuary to six Arab men who had been held at the US base in Cuba for 12 years without being charged, the BBC reported.

The move was part of a US plan to close the facility.

According to Uruguayan media, the ex-prisoners failed to adapt to their new life in the Latin American country, did not accept job offers and quit their Spanish studies.

Opinion polls indicate that most Uruguayans rejected the decision taken by outgoing President Jose Mujica.

Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said Uruguay would stop taking refugees from the Syrian conflict.

Decisions on accepting new refugees from Syria will be put on hold 'just until the end of the year,' Nin Novoa said.

Uruguay has faced 'cultural and infrastructure' problems to deal with the Syrian families, he explained.

Local media have reported several alleged incidents of domestic violence involving Syrian refugees.


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