Guantanamo: US envoy resigns
He organized the transportation of prisoners from Guantanamo to the US State Department, now occurs Clifford Sloan back. Still, there is no successor, but President Obama wants to continue to “do anything to close the camp.”
Washington – Since taking office, President Barack Obama seeks to close the internationally criticized Guantanamo. Now he was surprised by a People: Clifford Sloan, who has negotiated the prisoner transports for the State Department, resigned. The official confirmed the news agency Reuters and the’Wall Street Journal’. Sloan, who has held the post since July 2013, declared that he would return to work as a lawyer.
In recent weeks, several prisoners were released shortly and deported to third countries such as Uruguay. Nevertheless, an employee of the State Department and the White House frustrated by the slow progress when attempting to resolve the camp.
Secretary of State John Kerry praises Sloan as’ skillful negotiators’ whose work led to the transfer of 34 detainees, more are been planned. What impact Sloan resignation for the further developments of the transports will have, will have to first be seen.
‘ I will do everything to ensure that the camp is closed, ” Obama said Sunday in an interview with the TV CNN. The prison continued to operate,’ encourage jihadists’ around the world and is enormously expensive.
Obama meets with strong opposition
On Saturday, four men were dismissed by the US authorities from Guantanamo and brought in a military aircraft back to Afghanistan. According to the Reuters news agency, it is the first detainee transfer in the country since 2009. This means sitting in the controversial camp in Cuba currently 132 people a.
US President Barack Obama had the closure of the camp declared a’ national priority’, but has some limitations in Parliament, the judiciary and the public with fierce resistance. In the current budget law, the plan is expressly excluded again. Above all, the Republican representatives and senators want to prevent there still imprisoned more than 130 prisoners may be released on the continent. Most prisoners have been since their arrest in 2001 and 2002, neither charged nor convicted. A total of 779 people were detained since 2001 at the naval base.
The US wants to spend 600 billion for its military next year. President Barack Obama signed the Pentagon budget of 578 billion dollars ( 473 billion euros ), which has already decided who dominated the Republican Congress.