01/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Portugal Foreign Minister: European Union Should Accept Gitmo Detainees

European countries should offer asylum to former terrorist suspects released from Guantánamo Bay, Portugal's foreign minister said today.

In a letter sent to his European Union counterparts, Luis Amado said Portugal was willing to grant refugee status to detainees who could not return to their home countries.

President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to close the controversial camp, currently holding 250 men, at the US naval base on the south-eastern tip of Cuba.