Opposition protests CIA secret jails

13th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government must do everything in its power to convince the US to stop holding terrorist suspects in secret jails, left-wing opposition MPs said on Wednesday.

13 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government must do everything in its power to convince the US to stop holding terrorist suspects in secret jails, left-wing opposition MPs said on Wednesday.

The call was supported by the Labour Party (PvdA), green-left GroenLinks and the Socialist Party during an emergency debate in The Hague.

The debate was sparked by the recent admission by US President George W. Bush that the CIA had held terrorist suspects at secret locations abroad. He said the most important are now being moved to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

"The US has been blind to its allies," said Labour MP Bert Koenders. Socialist MP Harry van Bommel added that "the Dutch government through its behaviour condoned the violation of human rights".

Conceding that the existence of the secret prisons was a "dent" in the relationship of trust with the US, Foreign Minister Ben Bot said he felt "taken in" by his American counterpart Condoleeza Rice.

"But there is no question of a break in confidence," Bot emphasised. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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