" Guantanamo May Shut Down by 2009" – OSCE Special Representative
Kazakhstan, Astana, 30 June / Trend corr K.Konirova/ "The Guantanamo detention camp may be shut down by the end of 2008 or the beginning of 2009," Deputy Chairman of OSCE, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Guantanamo Anne-Marie Lizin said at a press conference in Astana.
"The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly offers to develop a road map or an action plan to shut down Guantanamo. At least, United States' two presidential contenders during their election campaigns offer to shut down the Guantanamo detention camp," Anne-Marie Lizin said.
According to OSCE Representative, currently Guantanamo contains over 270 prisoners from 34 countries, including Yemen (100 people), Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan and Somali.
"The key priority of the action plan on shutting down of Guantanamo detention camp is to return the prisoners to their countries. That may be done on the basis of Saudi Arabia model," she said.
"There are problems with deportation of several prisoners, since there is no opportunity to negotiate with the Governments of their countries. I mean the citizens of China, Uzbekistan and Somali," said Lizin.