11 Jun 2009

US says Guantanamo inmate talks with Palau continue

1:33 pm on 11 June 2009

The U.S. State Department says the discussions are still ongoing with Palau about possibly sending 17 Chinese detainees, who the US military has held for eight years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Palau.

The government of Palau announced that it agreed to accommodate the US request to temporarily resettle the ethnic Uighurs.

The Marianas Variety reported that Palau's President Johnson Toribiong was in favour of accepting them, but he says it is still not known whether the detainees will be brought to Palau.

The U.S. State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, says the decision to send the Uighurs to Palau is not final.

"I'm going to let the statement to speak for itself, it talked about a number of steps they wants to take and were still invovled in ongoing discussions. I'm not going into detail, this is all part of sensitive diplomatic efforts."

The U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.