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Latest update : 2009-02-25

Spain is ready "in principle" to accept detainees transferred from the Guantanamo detention camp on a case-by-case basis, Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos has announced following a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Reuters - Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Tuesday his country was prepared to accept prisoners from U.S. detention camp Guantanamo Bay.

He made his comments after his first meeting with U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton. Moratinos said he had promised Clinton that Spain would make contact immediately to study possible transfers on a case by case basis.

"She asked me for help with the solution of this unacceptable tragedy which is the prisoners at Guantanamo," Moratinos told Spanish media.

"I told her that Spain is in principle open to cooperating in receiving some prisoners, as long as the legal conditions are acceptable."

The United States holds about 250 prisoners at Guantanamo and has released or transferred to other governments about 20 other men and teenagers previously held there.

Last month, newly elected President Barack Obama ordered Guantanamo's closure and set a one-year deadline for shutting the camp, set up to hold foreigners captured after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Date created : 2009-02-25