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Obama administration insists on Guantanamo closure

The Obama administration is to exert what effort it can to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, says attorney general

AP , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011
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US Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the US prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of next year's presidential elections despite political opposition.

Holder said at the European Parliament on Tuesday that even if the current administration fails to close it ahead of elections, it will continue to press ahead if it wins the November 2012 presidential vote.

Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry has said he was happy the US prison at Guantanamo has been kept open.

Holder said that the administration wants to close the facility "as quickly as possible, recognizing that we will face substantial pressure."

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