Spain refuses to receive Guantanamo prisoners

December 27th, 2008 - 10:07 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaMadrid, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Spain has refused to accept any inmate from the Guantánamo prison, saying that would create serious legal problems.In a press conference here, Spanish President Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Friday “his government was neither requested to receive any inmates not it has plans” to accept them as that would result in unnecessary legal problems.

Earlier media reports said Zapatero might be ready to agree to a request in this regard by US president-elect Barack Obama, who announced his decision to close the US military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, soon after his taking office.

Several European countries such as Portugal and Germany have expressed their readiness to receive some of those prisoners, while France is for discussing the issue within the European Union (EU) to give a coordinate answer.

In his remarks to journalists, Rodriguez Zapatero also ruled out an increase in the number of Spanish troops in Afghanistan, currently reaching 800.

He said the only destination for new military forces abroad would be the combat against pirates off Somalia.

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