USA Asks Bulgaria to Accept Guantanamo Prisoners - Report

Diplomacy | December 11, 2009, Friday // 20:29|  views

US Special Envoy for the Guantanamo Closure, Daniel Fried, is reported to have asked Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov to give shelter to three Guantanamo prisoners. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The USA is offering Bulgaria to take in inmates from the Guantanamo Prison, and are expecting the decision of Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, on that matter.

Daniel Fried, Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure of the US President Barack Obama, has sent a letter to Borisov, asking Bulgaria to accept three Guantanamo prisoners.

This has been reported by, which claims to have a copy of Fried’s letter sent to the Bulgarian Prime Minister on December 7, 2009.

In his letter, Fried is reported to be stating that the relocation of the remaining Guantanamo inmates was critical for the realization of President Barack Obama’s plan to shut down the infamous prison on the Cuba island.

Fried is reported to have already met with Bulgarian Interior Minister and Deputy PM Tsvetan Tsvetanov and to have discussed the Guantanamo issue with him.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammerberg, has already called upon European states to accept about 50 Guantanamo prisoners. France, Italy, and Belgium have already expressed their willingness to help out the Americans.

The USA are going to transfer to European states only Guantanamo prisoners whom the American authorities believe non-guilty, and are going to provide all the information on their suspected terrorist activity.

According to mediapool, Bulgaria’s former government of PM Sergey Stanishev was also asked by the USA to take in Guantanamo inmates but turned down the American offer.

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Tags: Daniel Fried, USA, Guantanamo, US, Barack Obama, Boyko Borisov, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, prisoner


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