Thursday, June 11, 2009

Row erupts over Guantanamo deal

A diplomatic spat has broken out over Bermuda's acceptance of four Chinese Muslim Uighurs released from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

BBC News

Britain has told Bermuda, which is one of its overseas territories, it should have consulted London before agreeing to resettle the Uighurs.

The four were among a group handed over to US forces in Afghanistan, but later found not to be "enemy combatants".

In London the Opposition demanded an explanation from the foreign secretary.

Beijing has demanded the return of all Uighurs held by the US forces to China.

The four who were sent to Bermuda were part of a group of 17 Uighurs still at Guantanamo.

Earlier in the week the Pacific island of Palau had also agreed to take the detainees.

We did talk to them before the Uighurs
got on the plane

State department official on communication between the US and the UK

US officials said Washington would consult the government of Bermuda regularly on the status of the men, who would not be allowed to enter the US without permission. (Continue - Link)

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