The Obama administration’s attempts to get various European nations to take dozens of Guantanamo detainees continue to be met with uneven results. Austria has now joined several other European nations, including the Czech Republic, in declining to take any Guantanamo detainees at all. “If the detainees are no longer dangerous, why don’t they stay in the U.S.,” Interior Minister Maria Fekter said during a meeting of European nations today. “For Austria, I cannot accept Guantanamo inmates.”
On the other hand, France, Spain and Portugal are on the record as saying they will take Gitmo detainees. In a meeting with President Obama last week, French President Sarkozy said that his nation would be willing to take one Algerian detainee with ties to France. The specific detainee has not been named, but press reports indicate that Lakhdar Boumediene and Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar are the two Algerians being considered.