The European Union is pressing the United States to close its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where suspected terrorists have been held and sometimes abused, an Austrian news agency reported Sunday.
Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller was quoted as saying after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Vienna that the envoys agreed "that the United States must take steps as quickly as possible to close the prison," according to an Austria Press Agency reported.
The issue was likely to come up when US President George W. Bush visits Vienna on June 21 for an EU-US summit, according to Austrian media reports.
The United States began taking prisoners to the military base in January 2002. European leaders have been harshly critical of documented abuses at Guantanamo, and human rights groups including Amnesty International also have called for the closure of the facility.