Published: Wednesday December 31, 2008
Britain is now preparing to take in detainees from Guantanamo Bay to help US president-elect Barack Obama shut down the prison camp, The Times newspaper said Thursday, citing government sources.
London has previously said it would consider any US requests to take in prisoners on a case by case basis.
But The Times said Britain had now decided to support moves to rehouse those detainees still left in the camp, which is on a US sovereign naval base on Cuba.
Government departments are discussing the subject, with the Foreign Office pushing for a deal and a final decision expected to be made by the Cabinet, the daily said.
The Foreign Office said it recognised that the US authorities would need "assistance from allies and partners" to shut down Guantanamo. London's established position is that the camp should be closed.
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