Lithuania could host at most 10 Guantanamo prisoners

February 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm 1 comment

As the BNS informed the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry will hold talks with the administration of the United States of America on Lithuania’s potential move to take in Guantanamo detainees.

The Foreign Ministry has been instructed in a State Defence Council session to consult on this issue with the US Administration, Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas on Feb 11 told the press.  The Minister said that “The Foreign Ministry was instructed to start consultations with representatives of the US administration over technical, legal and security aspects concerning the possibility of taking in a few of the Guantanamo detainees in Lithuanian territory”.
Mr Usackas added that Lithuania could host no more than 10 detainees, who “wouldn’t pose a threat to Lithuanian security and the public order”. This move is not planned to take place in the matter of the coming few weeks, the BNS informed.

MP Karosas, the Deputy Head of the Parliament’s Defence and Security Committee said that there are two possible consequences might come out of this Lithuania’s move.  On one hand acceptance of the inmates would strengthen USA Lithuanian partnership, on the other hand the fundamentalist terrorists might notice Lithuania, hence its security would be jeopardised.   

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

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