MEPs across the political spectrum are set to unite in a call on EU Member States to resettle some former Guantanamo Bay detainees. There are 62 men cleared for release but unable to return to their own countries because they are stateless or would be persecuted in their home countries.
Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and co-sponsor of the resolution Sarah Ludford MEP said:
"The main responsibility for Guantanamo Bay closure and the resettlement of its detainees undoubtedly lies with the US government. But Europe needs to recognise the political reality that the US cannot manage this alone. We must accompany our goodwill towards President Obama and commitment to transatlantic relations with some practical assistance."