Russia frets over Gitmo inmates to Georgia

March 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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MOSCOW, March 27 (UPI) -- A Russian official says the United States, which is transferring three Guantanamo prisoners to Georgia, should make sure there are no problems.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said the transfer of the three Guantanamo detainees to the South Caucasian country was not "a good idea," ITAR-TASS reported.

"The transfer of three suspected terrorists from the detainment facility in Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) to Georgia is hardly a good idea. The detainees are ousted to an unstable region with a clear terrorist threat and put into the hands of the country, whose administration has displayed the highest degree of irresponsibility and criminal adventurism in regional security affairs," he said.

"No one can be sure that Georgian authorities want and can provide appropriate control over former Guantanamo inmates," Nesterenko said. "Notably, the Georgian Foreign Ministry representative said that those people would live a 'normal life' because they had not committed crimes but were mere sympathizers of al-Qaida and the Taliban. Are there any guarantees that some of these 'mere sympathizers' will not come to Russia or make contact with militants in the North Caucasus?"

Georgia and Russia clashed in 2008 over two Georgian breakaway regions.

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