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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.

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