US asks EU to accept ex-detainees from Guantanamo

The United States has formally asked the European Union to accept former prisoners from Guantanamo, and has promised to provide all necessary information, the EU commission said on Friday. Despite a great deal of reticence, the European Union has indicated that some member states would be ready to accept former prisoners on a case-by-case basis. EU Immigration Commissioner Jacques Barrot and Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer travelled to Washington last month to seek more detailed information from the US authorities. The Czech side has so far not indicated a willingness to comply with the request. The issue is expected to be discussed at the EU-US summit in Prague on Sunday.