France is studying how to host an Algerian detainee of the detention center of Guantanamo, the U.S. president Barack Obama wants to close by the end of January 2010, according to sources.
Two Algerian detainees have been bleached by the U.S. justice system and are released since late November. Lakhdar Boumediene, 42 years on hunger strike for over two years – and force-fed according to Amnesty International – and Saber Lahmar, 39 years.
“France is examining the possibility of a former Algerian detainee at Guantanamo, because there are historical ties between France and Algeria,” said an American official.
A source close to ongoing discussions between the State Department and France wished to remain anonymous confirmed to the press that negotiations are currently taking place about an Algerian.
The President Obama and the French president Nicolas Sarkozy are to meet for bilateral talks Friday on the sidelines of a NATO summit and after a G20 meeting in London.