August 23, 2014
Uruguay on taking Gitmo prisoners: ‘They pose no threat’
Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro stated that Guantanamo Bay detainees that the government plans to take after accepting a request from US President Barack Obama, “pose no threat” to Uruguayan society.
“They are not terrorists, not even common criminals and they don’t pose any threat to our society,” Almagro said reffering to the prisoners from the controversial US detention center.
US government has requested the transfer of six detainees to Uruguay. In a Congressional briefing, the minister said: “We would take all of the 154 prisoners to shut down that prison”.
Almagro pointed out that Guantanamo is a military base built on “illegaly occupied” Cuban territory and that most of its prisoners remain in irregular legal conditions and without trial. “The existence of this detention center is a shame to the entire world and we will do everything within our power to make it dissapear,” said the minister.
After accepting US request, Uruguay is yet to agree on the logistics of the prisoners transfer. According to the conditions set by President José Mujica, the detainees will enter the country as free man, as refugees.
“Respect for Human Rights is not an option to Uruguay, it’s an imperative, a moral, political and judicial obligation,” Almagro argued while explaining the reasons to accept Obama’s request.