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Guantanamo closure plan hits snag

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Al Jazeera
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A panel ordered by Barack Obama to develop new US policy on the detention of so-called terrorism suspects as part of his effort to shut the Guantanamo prison has delayed its report to the president by six months.

Aides to Obama said the task force would miss the administration’s self imposed Tuesday deadline for offering the president a list of recommendations on the future of the detention centre.

But administration officials said they were on track to deliver on Obama’s pledge to shut down the prison in Cuba by January.

The delay of the report comes amid divisions between congress and the White House over the fate of detainees at Guantanamo.

The president has faced strong opposition from legislators, including from his own Democratic party, to the transfer of prisoners to US soil for detention and trial.

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