CIA prisons 'hurt' transatlantic relations
11 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has said controversy over the secret CIA prisons could have a negative effect on transatlantic relations.
11 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has said controversy over the secret CIA prisons could have a negative effect on transatlantic relations.
"The Americans have concealed the truth (from their allies) and this kind of behavior is not acceptable in a democracy," De Gucht said.
The US admitted for the first time last week that the secret prison camps existed and were used to hold al-Qaeda suspects.
US President George W. Bush said 14 top terrorist suspects would be transferred from the CIA facilities to the Guantanamo Bay facility to face military tribunals if the US Congress approves.
De Gucht considered the US president's account of CIA methods and the treatment of prisoners as "unacceptable", news agency Belga reported.
The Liberal VLD minister had previously asked Poland and Romania — where the jails are alleged to have been established — for an explanation at a recent meeting of EU foreign ministers.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news