Portugal foreign minister urges EU members to accept Guantanamo detainees Jaclyn Belczyk at 1:57 PM ET
[JURIST] Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Luis Amado [official profile] on Wednesday sent a letter [text] to European Union [official website] (EU) foreign ministers urging EU members to take in any detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Amado said that Portugal would be willing to take in detainees, and that other EU member states that support the closure of the prison should do the same. He wrote:
The time has come for the European Union to step forward. As a matter of principle and coherence, we should send a clear signal of our willingness to help the US Government in that regard, namely through the resettlement of detainees. As far as the Portuguese Government is concerned, we will be available to participate.
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