Afghanistan: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Richard Younger-Ross Richard Younger-Ross Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the US administration on the closure of Guantánamo Bay.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK has long called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Ministers and officials continue to discuss with the US Government how best we can work with them to achieve this goal, most recently in January 2010. The UK has already made a significant contribution to reducing the number of detainees in Guantanamo Bay by taking back 14 individuals. We will continue to share our experience in accepting former Guantanamo detainees with our European partners and others to help support the closure of the facility.

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