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08STOCKHOLM781 2008-11-20 15:40:00 SECRET Embassy Stockholm
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SWEDEN ON GUANTANAMO DETAINEES

Tags:   PREL PGOV PTER PHUM MOPS KAWK KISL KPAO SW 
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O 201540Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM
TO AMEMBASSY BERLIN IMMEDIATE 
SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3916
					  S E C R E T STOCKHOLM 000781 


S/WCI FOR GOREY, RICCI, VIBUL-JOLLES

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/20/2018
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER PHUM MOPS KAWK KISL KPAO SW
SUBJECT: SWEDEN ON GUANTANAMO DETAINEES

REF: A. GOREY-KOEHLER EMAIL 11/20/08

B. STOCKHOLM 722

C. STATE 10853


Classified By: DCM Robert Silverman for reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).



1. (S) This is an action request, please see para 4.



2. (S) On November 20, DCM had a pull-aside, after a meeting
on other issues (septel), with MFA State Secretary Frank
Belfrage on Sweden,s willingness to accept Guantanamo
detainees.



3. (S) Belfrage said:

--Closing Guantanamo is an important step and the Swedish MFA
would be supportive of taking the Palestinian detainee, but
that the obstacle would be the Swedish Migration Board, an
independent agency.

--On the multilateral European initiative, Belfrage had not
heard about the issue from German National Security Advisor
Heusgen, though the two speak regularly, including on
November 19.

--Belfrage asked for details of the detainees being proposed
for transfer under the German initiative, and DCM briefed him
on the nationalities of the 23 under consideration.



4. (S) Action request: Belfrage is the appropriate point of
contact for Heusgen, per Ref A. We will schedule another
meeting with the Migration Board to raise again the case of
Palestinian detainee Asim M. Al-Aasmi. Per Ref B, we request
additional information to be sent front channel, including on
risks of persecution he might face in Gaza, for release to
Swedish authorities.


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