Monday, June 15, 2009
The European Union has agreed to help the Obama administration "turn the page" on Guantanamo.
The EU and the U.S. issued a joint statement this morning saying some EU nations will take detainees from the military prison "on a case-by-case basis." It does not say which nations will take them or how many will be resettled in Europe. But it does say that Washington is ready to pay the costs of resettlement.
There are approximately 240 detainees left on Guantanamo. About 50 of them have been cleared for release without trial but cannot be returned to their own country because of fears they will be mistreated.
The declaration commits EU governments to sharing any data on incoming detainees with other governments in the 27-nation bloc. It also forces Washington to share "confidential" intelligence and information.