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Slovenian, U.S. presidents discuss closure of Guantanamo prison
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19:18, June 10, 2008

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Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his visiting U.S. counterpart George W. Bush on Tuesday discussed the need to shut down the controversial U.S. detention center at Guantanamo.

"The American justice system is making efforts in this direction," Tuerk said after the talks.

The United States opened the detention facility at its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January 2002, to hold terror suspects and Taliban members mainly captured during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

At present, about 270 detainees are being held there.

The international community and human rights groups have been constantly calling for its closure.

The U.S. government said it wants to close the prison, but can't do so for the moment because of a number of unsettled legal and procedural issues.

Tuerk and Bush also talked about a wide range of topics, including common transatlantic values, human rights, energy issues, climate change and the Middle East, Tuerk said.

Bush, who arrived in Slovenia late on Monday, is on his farewell tour to Europe before the end of his tenure as the U.S. president in January 2009.

Tuerk and Bush met ahead of the annual EU-U.S. summit in Brdo, some 30 km northwest of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.


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