US names envoy to oversee closing Guantanamo
The United States named a veteran diplomat Thursday to oversee the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and the potential transfer of prisoners to other countries, dpa reported.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Daniel Fried, currently the department's top official for European relations, as the envoy for shutting Guantanamo, State Department spokesman Robert Wood said.
"Ambassador Fried's extensive experience will be an invaluable asset as we seek the assistance of foreign governments in moving toward the closure of the detention facility," Wood said.
Days after taking office, President Barack Obama ordered the closure of the controversial facility on Cuba and a review of the cases of 245 inmates. The United States hopes to transfer some of the detainees to European countries.
Under the Bush administration, the task was left to the top State Department official for war crimes. Some European countries have expressed a greater willingness to take some detainees under the Obama administration.
Fried served as assistant secretary of state for European affairs during the second half of the Bush administration.