28 Jan 2009

We can replace Guantanamo Bay - Pacific island group

9:57 pm on 28 January 2009

An island group in the northwest Pacific is reportedly making an offer to the US government to set up a detention centre there.

The offer comes after the announced closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre by the new US President, Barack Obama.

Ray Yumul, representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, says it's a good opportunity to provide for national security and the protection of Americans.

The Saipan Tribune reports Mr Yumul as also saying it would bring in resources and income for the Northern Mariana's weakening economy.

The Northern Marianas make up a Commonwealth of the United States.