VVD wants to take Guantanamo prisoners
26 October 2007, WASHINGTON - The liberal VVD thinks that all NATO countries, the Netherlands included, should be willing to take in prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, as long as they are no longer deemed terrorists.
26 October 2007
WASHINGTON - The liberal VVD thinks that all NATO countries, the Netherlands included, should be willing to take in prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, as long as they are no longer deemed terrorists.
MP Hans van Baalen (VVD) said this after a visit to the controversial prison.
The Christian democrat CDA thinks the Netherlands should talk to the US about possible solutions. But the Netherlands already houses a great many foreign war criminals because of the international court in The Hague, says Karien van Gennip of the CDA.
The SP fiercely opposed to the idea. "The US created this problem themselves and will have to find a solution."
"If we do this then we keep illegal detention operating and encourage the US to continue doing it."
Van Baalen however thinks that the NATO partners should be willing to accept people who might otherwise be extradited to countries where they could be tortured.
The US has never made an official request, but it has asked the Netherlands about taking in prisoners. The Netherlands reportedly responded negatively, the MPs were told during their visit to the US department of state this week.
The Parliamentary delegation is visiting Washington DC at the moment. Freedom party PVV leader Geert Wilders was also among the party. He would like to have a prison like Guantanamo Bay in the Netherlands. "It will be a fine day when the Netherlands too has this kind of detention centre," Wilders said.
The MPs visited Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday. Van Baalen is convinced that the prisoners there are being treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news