Peru has decided not to accept prisoners from the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Foreign Relations Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez said.
“We think that the moment is not right for the country to participate in a program like this,” Gutierrez said in comments reported by daily Peru.21.
Local media had reported earlier this week that the United States asked Peru to take some prisoners from Guantanamo when the facility is closed down. The U.S. has also asked Chile and Uruguay. Chie’s President Michelle Bachelet has yet to announce a final decision, while President Jose Mujica of Uruguay has accepted to take some of the inmates, confirming his conversation with President Obama in Washington in May this year.
In Lima, Gutierrez said the request was analyzed, but gave no further explanation as to why Peru decided not to participate in the program.
The U.S. government has been seeking solutions to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison, which has indefinitely held individuals suspected of collaborating with terrorist organizations. Most of the prisoners have never been charged.