Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Friday, April 9, 1999 Published at 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK

World: Americas

Guantanamo refugee plan scrapped

The United States is likely to abandon a plan to airlift some 20,000 refugees from the Kosovo crisis to its base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Instead, efforts will be made to relocate them closer to Kosovo, according to White House spokesman J.

Brian Atwood.

Speaking in Albania, which has received some 140,000 refugees from Kosovo, Mr Atwood said it appeared none of them had volunteered to be flown to Cuba, and there was little enthusiasm within the Clinton administration for such a move.

Human rights groups in the United States had protested against the transfer, arguing that conditions in the Guantanamo base were inhumane.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

In this section

From Business
Microsoft trial mediator appointed

Safety chief deplores crash speculation

From Entertainment
Taxman scoops a million

Violence greets Clinton visit

Bush outlines foreign policy

Boy held after US school shooting

Memorial for bonfire dead

Senate passes US budget

New constitution for Venezuela

North Korea expels US 'spy'

Hurricane Lenny abates

UN welcomes US paying dues

Chavez praises 'advanced' constitution

In pictures: Castro strikes out Chavez

WTO: arbitration in EU-Ecuador banana dispute

Colombian army chief says rebels defeated

Colombian president lambasts rebels