EU seeks answers over 'CIA prison camps'

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22 November 2005, BRUSSELS — EU member states will send a joint letter to the US government, requesting answers about the alleged existence of CIA interrogation camps on EU territory.

22 November 2005

BRUSSELS — EU member states will send a joint letter to the US government, requesting answers about the alleged existence of CIA interrogation camps on EU territory.

Dutch foreign minister Bernard Bot said on Monday the UK presidency will draw up the letter on behalf of EU states.

The EU wants Washington to clarify media and NGO reports that the CIA has detained top al-Qaeda suspects in Eastern Europe.

Newspaper 'The Washington Post' reported the existence of the camps earlier this month. NGO Human Rights Watch later said EU member state Poland and candidate state Romania were likely locations.

"If these reports were true, it is better that there is clarity", Minister Bot said.

He said the letter would also state that the EU would be "concerned" if the reports were found to be correct, news service EUobserver reported.

Brussels has been criticised recently for not taking enough action in response to the claims about the CIA interrogation camps.

The European Commission previously rejected calls to launch an investigation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, European news

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