European countries on Wednesday agreed terms for taking in dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, boosting U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to close the detention camp.
After months of division over whether and how up to 60 detainees could take up residence in Europe, EU interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg agreed security guidelines and a mechanism for sharing information on the detainees.
EU states will now be able to accommodate detainees who have been cleared for release but cannot be repatriated for fear they will be killed, tortured or jailed. They could take in “several dozen” detainees, said Martin Pecina, the Czech Interior Minister, who chaired the meeting.
Mr. Obama announced the closure in one of the first statements of his presidency. Wednesday’s deal leaves it up to individual countries to decide whether to take inmates. Those that do have to furnish all other EU governments with intelligence information on the proposed immigrant and take account of objections.