11 Mar 2012

Guantanamo Taliban prisoners agree to transfer

10:18 am on 11 March 2012

Five senior Taliban fighters detained at Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be moved to custody in Qatar as part of a peace plan, according to Afghan government officials.

The United States administration has not approved the transfer but is considering it as an incentive for the militants to enter negotiations in Afghanistan, the BBC reports.

None of the five prisoners at the US military detention centre in Cuba is accused of directly killing Americans.

They would be re-united with their families in Qatar, which is playing an increasing role in negotiations.

They reportedly agreed to the transfer when they met Afghan government officials who visited the prison this week on a mission from President Hamid Karzai.

The transfer plan has been opposed by some members of the US Congress.