The issue which has overshadowed Condeleezza Rice’s European trip has dominated talks again today on the final leg of her visit. The US Secretary of State faced further questions on the treatment of detainees during a meeting with Nato allies in Brussels.
Earlier European ministers expressed their concerns over allegations that the CIA has been running secret prisons in eastern Europe.
Rice has said the US respects international treaties on prisoners. Yesterday Washington announced it would now apply such agreements to detainees being held abroad as well as at home, changing its previous stance.
Before leaving for Europe Rice sought to deflect criticism of US policy, saying that European intelligence agencies had helped Washington extract information from suspects.
Nato says it abides by UN rules on detention.
The formal purpose for the meeting was to make preparations to bolster international peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan.