15 Jul 2009

Palau still in talks with US over Uighur detainees

5:50 pm on 15 July 2009

President Johnson Toribiong says Palau and United States are still ironing out the travel documents of Uighurs detainees who the US has kept in its detention camp in Guantanamo Bay and who may want to resettle in Palau.

The president says the detainees cannot be issued Palauan passports because the constitution requires them to have Palauan blood.

He says Palau is working with the U.S. to address this issue.

The Uighurs are reportedly concerned about the legal status they would have in Palau.

Palau has agreed to provide temporary resettlement to the Uighur detainees as a humanitarian gesture.

Four of the 17 Uighur detainees have been moved to Bermuda and eight of the remaining 13 have expressed interest in resettling in Palau.

China has called on the US to respect international anti-terrorism obligations and return the Uighurs to China.