Peru Says No To Guantanamo Prisoners

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.

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2 Comments

  1. “Most of the prisoners have never been charged”….NO, but as they were captured ON THE BATTLEFIELD, one can RESONABLY ASSUME that they are dangerous murderers.

    The FACT that MOST of these terrorists when released go back to TERRORISM, including the LEADER OF ISIS, who was released from an American-run prison….SAYS something of their INTENT.

    Thank you el Presidente Humala, for NOT acceding to the demands of a desperate-to-win-elections-at-all-cost US President.

  2. I’m from the US and I am glad Peru said no. It is not their problem. I am so sick of this incompetent administration. Obama is ruining our country…it’s no wonder people hate us. If the prison was shut down 6 years ago like he had promised, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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