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Uruguay leader reiterates Guantanamo offer

Updated at: 12/05/2014 5:21 PM
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(AP) MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is reiterating his willingness to resettle six Guantanamo prisoners in his country while calling on the United States to end its decades-old embargo against Cuba.

Mujica's open letter to President Barack Obama appeared Friday on his presidency website.

Uruguay's leader agreed earlier this year to resettle the men for humanitarian reasons. Held at the U.S. base in Cuba, they are not charged with a crime. The U.S. says they pose no threat, but cannot return to their countries.

"We have offered our hospitality for human beings who suffered an atrocious kidnapping in Guantanamo," Mujica said Friday, hinting a transfer could occur soon.

The Pentagon in the fall gave Congress a required 30-day notice that it intended to transfer the prisoners to Uruguay, but resettlement was postponed.

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