George W. Bush has acknowledged that the United States’ military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has damaged the image of the United States abroad. The US President also says he believes the facility should be closed down. Bush, however, said a plan for relocating the prisoners should be put in place first, and added he was waiting for the outcome of a US Supreme Court ruling about the forum for handling detainee cases.
460 detainees are being held in Guantanamo, nearly all of them without charge. The number could soon be reduced by a fifth, according to officials in Afghanistan. They claim there are plans to extradite all 96 Afghans held in Guantanamo, among them several senior Taliban figures. The US administration has refused to confirm or deny the plans.