Spain joins call to close Guatanamo Bay

13th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 June 2006, STRASBOURG — Spain has backed the European Parliament's call for the closing of the United States' camp in Guantanamo Bay.

13 June 2006

STRASBOURG — Spain has backed the European Parliament's call for the closing of the United States' camp in Guantanamo Bay.

Hundreds of suspected terrorists have been held in the US camp in Cuba without due process for more than four years.

Spanish deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, speaking in Strasbourg, said: "The position of Spain on this matter is one of absolute commitment to human rights.

"We have supported and shared in all the statements that have been made by the European Union in relation to Guantanamo.

"We back the resolution that was approved by the European Parliament calling for the closing of Guantanamo."

The European Parliament approved a resolution on Tuesday that again called on the US government to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and expressed concern about the recent suicides of three detainees.

Some 500 prisoners, many of whom have been held for years without charges, are being held at the U.S. naval base.

Fernandez de la Vega was in Strasbourg to appear before the European Parliament's committee on freedom, security and justice to request support in the area of immigration.

For months, Spain has been dealing with a massive wave of illegal immigration from Africa.

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Subject: Spanish news

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