December 12, 2008

SALAZAR WOULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT TO DO WITH THEM:

U.S. Hails Portugal Offer On Guantanamo: Portugal`s offer, made public in a letter by its foreign minister, is too late to help the Bush administration. (Javno, 12/12/08)

"This is extraordinarily significant," State Department legal adviser John Bellinger said in an interview with Reuters. "It is the first time that any country except Albania has privately or publicly stated that they are prepared to resettle Guantanamo detainees who are not their own nationals.

"It really is a first crack in the ice of what has been European opposition to helping with Guantanamo in any way. For five or six years there has been consistent criticism but no constructive offers to help," he said.

The Portuguese offer is timed to help Obama fulfill his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay and Bush administration officials said Amado also wanted to indicate a recent narrowing of legal differences between Washington and Europe over the issue.

Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said in his letter to European partners it was time to show Obama's incoming government a clear willingness to resettle prisoners and thereby help to close the detention center.

"The time has come for the European Union to step forward," said the letter, released on Thursday.


As hoped, a President Obama allows Europe to behave responsibly.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2008 4:36 PM
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