Obama may name official to move Guantanamo detainees

By REUTERS
May 2, 2013 00:22

WASHINGTON- US President Barack Obama is considering naming a senior diplomat to work on sending prisoners at Guantanamo Bay home or to third countries as part of a renewed effort to close the detention camp at the US Naval base in Cuba, the White House said on Wednesday.

If he does so, it would be the first action by the US government since Obama vowed on Tuesday to make a renewed effort to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in detention without trial."One of the options available to us that we're examining is reappointing a senior official at the State Department to renew our focus again on repatriating or transferring detainees that we determine can be returned to their home countries or third countries," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

The post at the State Department has been vacant since January.


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