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Guantanamo Bay

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on Guantanamo Bay; and if he will make a statement. (175909)

The Government have held detailed discussions with the US Administration about five former UK residents held at Guantanamo Bay. Consequently, the US returned three of the men—Mr. Jamil El-Banna, Mr. Omar Deghayes and Mr. Abdennour Sameur—to the UK in December.

The US Government have so far declined our request for the release and return of Mr. Aamer and we are no longer in active discussions regarding his transfer to the UK. We are still discussing with the US the case of Mr. Mohammed. We continue to discuss the welfare of both men with the US.