Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Ivan Langer, Czech Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Jacques Barrot

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-060702   Duration: 10:45:19  Lieu:
End production: 26/02/2009   First transmission: 26/02/2009
Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, and Ivan Langer, Czech Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council of the EU, will lead a visit to Washington in March 2009, to get a maximum of information about Guantanamo detainees, in order to discuss how European countries can receive them. They gave a joint press conference in marge of Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels, on 26 and 27 February 2009. Ministers for the Interior of the EU consider that each Member State should take its own decision about accepting or not them, but at the same time agree on the need of having a common position.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:41:57 Title 00:00:05
10:42:02 General view of the press room and arrival of the speakers (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:42:16 Ivan Langer, Czech Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council of the EC, saying (in CZECH) that the final decision about who accepts or will not accept Guantanamo detainees, will be up to Member States. Their interest is to have a coordinated approach, at least in the sense of everybody having all necessary information about who, when, which profile of people have been accepted to Europe, because they are all in Schengen. 00:00:36
10:42:52 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:42:58 Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, saying (in FRENCH) that of course it is up to each Member State to decide when the time is right, whether he accepts or not any former Guantanamo detainees. But there are legitimate doubts that have to be solved because of Schengen. That's why they are going to Washington to try to get as much information as possible, in particular, their request. They don't want to improvise any response. 00:00:36
10:43:34 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:43:39 Jacques Barrot asking (in FRENCH) that some questions concerning the degree of guilt recognised, the innocence or the trial of detainees. If the detainees are innocent, why doesn't the US keep them on their territories, and why cannot they go back to their country of origin? Anyway, they need to have the prove that there is such a risk of prosecution for these people. 00:00:43
10:44:22 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:44:26 Jacques Barrot saying (in FRENCH) that on the one hand, one can ask whether they are innocent, why are they still in Guantanamo, and why can't they stay in the US? And on the other hand, they can understand why the US want that some Member States can receive them. There is no particular grievance against the US, but only a need for information. 00:00:33
10:44:59 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:45:03 Ivan Langer saying (in CZECH) that on information sharing and transparency, every Member State will have the same right to get information about these people, regardless this Member State decide to accept detainees or not. 00:00:16
10:45:19 Cutaway 00:00:05
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