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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 12:46 pm » by Ogmios

Palau to resettle 17 Guantánamo detainees

The remote Pacific island nation of Palau said today it has agreed to a US request to temporarily resettle up to 17 Chinese Muslims currently held in Guantánamo Bay.

The president of Palau, Johnson Toribiong, said Washington had made the request last week and that his country was "honoured and proud" to resettle the detainees from China's Uighur minority as a humanitarian gesture.

His archipelago, with a population of about 20,000, will accept up to 17 of the detainees subject to periodic review, Toribiong said in a statement.

The Obama administration sought a solution for the detainees after facing fierce congressional opposition to releasing them on US soil.

"Palau's accommodation to accept the temporary resettlement of these detainees is a humanitarian gesture intended to help them be freed of any further unnecessary incarceration and to restart their lives in as normal a fashion as possible," Toribiong said.

Palau, made up of eight main islands plus more than 250 islets, is best known for diving and tourism and is located some 500 miles east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean.

Last year a US federal judge ordered the Uighur detainees to be released after the Pentagon determined they were not "enemy combatants". But an appeals court halted the order and they have been in legal limbo ever since.

US officials have not said publicly where the detainees might be sent, but said privately that Palau was a prime candidate for their relocation.

Asked yesterday about the situation, a US state department spokesman declined to comment beyond saying the US was "working closely with our friends and allies regarding resettlement" of Guantánamo detainees.

Two US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the US was prepared to give Palau up to $200m in development, budget support and other assistance in return for accepting the detainees and as part of a mutual defence and cooperation treaty that is due to be renegotiated this year.

The US would not send the Uighurs back to China for fear they will be tortured or executed. Beijing says the men are insurgents who were leading an Islamic separatist movement in western China and wants them returned.

The state department said last week that Daniel Fried, the diplomat named earlier this year to oversee the closure of Guantánamo, had visited Palau but offered no details on his mission. Fried has been negotiating with third countries to accept many of the detainees.

A former US trust territory in the Pacific, Palau has retained close ties with Washington since independence in 1994. It relies heavily on aid and is dependent on the US for its defence. Native-born Palauans are allowed to enter the US without passports or visas.

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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 1:50 pm » by Nuada

I think the U.S should be forced by international law to apologise for the human suffering endured by these un-proven un-tried terrorists. Then they should have to give them a golden handshake (just like they gave those Iraqi sell outs that lied about Saddam Hussein for dollars and an American passport back in the time preceding the second Gulf war) and set them up in penthouses in the finest parts of America. Having said that, who in their right mind would want to remain in the U.S when they had a chance of a pacific island etc. Still though the U.S government should pay for this.
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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 1:53 pm » by Ogmios

200 million dollars? For 17 Chinamen? I wonder if the individuals will be compensated themselves. The article makes no mention of what any settlement might be.
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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 2:50 pm » by Crazynutsx

woha! thats a lot of dosh

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PostWed Jun 10, 2009 3:06 pm » by Zegtelzegtel

ogmios wrote:Palau to resettle 17 Guantánamo detainees

The US would not send the Uighurs back to China for fear they will be tortured or executed. Beijing says the men are insurgents who were leading an Islamic separatist movement in western China and wants them returned.

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Very good exemple that the world is going crazy....really crazy

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PostFri Jun 12, 2009 2:16 pm » by Ogmios

British anger at Bermuda decision to accept Guantánamo Bay inmates
US did not consult Foreign Office about move to resettle Chinese Uighurs in British island territory

Britain is to review the legal basis of its relations with Bermuda following a transatlantic row over the resettlement of Guantánamo detainees on the Atlantic island.

At the heart of the dispute is whether Bermuda had the right to agree to the transfer of four Chinese Muslim Uighurs from US custody without consulting Britain, its colonial power.

Under the 1968 General Entrustment agreement, Bermuda has the right to conduct foreign relations on condition it consults London before entering into agreements with other states. At issue is whether the prison transfer represented such a formal agreement.

In view of the ambiguity and as a punitive measure against Bermuda, the British government is contemplating the suspension of the agreement.

The foreign secretary, David Miliband, is understood to have had a tense telephone conversation with the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, about why London was not consulted about the resettlement of the four men, despite the fact that Britain has colonial powers over Bermuda's foreign and security policy.

Ian Kelly, the state department spokesman, said the US was confident that it could "work these things through" with the British government.

However, it was clear that the US decision to negotiate the resettlement of the four Chinese Muslim Uighurs with Bermuda's prime minister without informing London was a blow to British claims to have a "special relationship" with Washington. It is also an embarrassing reminder of Britain's residual status as a colonial power.

The Foreign Office issued a statement saying that it should have been consulted on whether the matter fell within Bermuda's competence or was "a security issue for which the Bermuda government does not have delegated responsibility".

Bermuda's prime minister, Ewart Brown, said he agreed to host the Uighurs because it was "the right thing to do" but he conceded he had a difficult conversation with the British governor, Richard Gozney.

"He is seeking to further assess the ramifications of this move before allowing the government of Bermuda to fully implement this action," Brown said. "Our colonial relationship with the United Kingdom certainly gives him licence to do so."

This latest development follows Washington's failure to convince Britain to resettle more detainees from Guantánamo as part of Barack Obama's efforts to close the prison. British officials argue they have done enough after accepting 13 British citizens released from Guantánamo.

On Wednesday it was reported that 17 Uighurs would be resettled on the remote Pacific island of Palau, formerly a US territory. But yesterday four of the men found themselves landing in an entirely different island as they tasted freedom in Bermuda.

Brown said the men would be allowed to live in the self-governing British territory, first as refugees. He said they would be allowed to pursue citizenship and would have the right to work, travel and "potentially settle elsewhere".

Brown said negotiations with Washington over taking in the Uighurs began last month and he had no security concerns because the men had been cleared by US courts.

Abdul Nasser, one of the four detainees who landed in Bermuda yesterday, issued a statement through his lawyers, saying: "Growing up under communism we always dreamed of living in peace and working in a free society like this one. Today you have let freedom ring."

It is the first time since 2006 that the US has successfully resettled any of Guantánamo's population of Uighurs.

The Chinese government yesterday demanded that all 17 men, who have been cleared of terrorism allegations, be returned to China.

Palau's president, Johnson Toribiong, said the Uighurs had become "international vagabonds" who deserved his country's age-old tradition of hospitality.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said the US should "stop handing over terrorist suspects to any third country, so as to expatriate them to China at an early date". He did not say if China would take any action.

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Her's a bit of an update on that one. Seems like the special relationship is under a bit of pressure.
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