MPs oppose US Guantanamo request

Suggestions that the Netherlands and other NATO countries should take in prisoners from the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay have been rejected by a majority of MPs, news agency ANP reports.

The Christian Democrats, Labour party (PvdA) and SP, which control a majority of seats in parliament, dismissed the idea. It is ‘absurd,’ said Martijn van Dam (PvdA). ‘Why should the Netherlands take in people that the US refuses to deal with?’
On Friday, the Parool reported that the US wanted NATO countries to take in ex Guantanamo Bay prisoners who could not return to their country of origin.
The US has not made a formal request to the Netherlands to take in former prisoners but has sounded out officials behind the scenes, ANP said.

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