Lithuania will not take in any prisoners from Guantanamo

August 6, 2007 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Guantanamo prisonerAs it was mentioned before, Lithuania is not considering a possibility to accept terrorist suspects who are now being kept in the US military base Guantanamo.  However, according to the BNS Lithuania is prepared to aid the international efforts to shut it down with political measures.This statement was made for BNS by adviser at the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Public Relations Department Daiva Rimasauskaite in comment on the media reports claiming Lithuania would agree to accept certain individuals imprisoned in the Guantanamo marine base. “We are not shunning this matter, yet at the same time we cannot undertake obligations that are politically sensitive and practically awkward, like accepting prisoners in Lithuania,” the diplomat said.

In her words, the same position has been conveyed to the leaders of Belgium’s Senate, special envoy of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Anne Marie Lizin, who has recently urged the countries of the world to accept some of the people held in Guantanamo in order to shut down the Cuba-based prison in the long run.

As the official told to the BNS “That could be both our statement that would support the efforts of the US and the OSCE envoy, and assistance seeking a consensus with the EU on this matter. In necessary, we could help the US with our contacts, talking with our partners who, in their own turn, might be willing to contribute to tackling the Guantanamo issue directly.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Terrorism, USA.

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