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Hague 'in talks' on Guantanamo Bay

Foreign Secretary William Hague is "working very hard" to ensure the closure of notorious detention centre Guantanamo Bay, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

He told MPs that Mr Hague was in discussions with officials and politicians in the United States to bring about the closure of the detention centre, set up 10 years ago in the wake of America launching a war in Afghanistan.

At present, one British citizen is held at Guantanamo, which was described by Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart (Edinburgh West) at Prime Minister's Questions as a "despicable institution".

He urged Mr Cameron to do "all you can" to bring about its closure in the next year.

The Prime Minister replied: "The Foreign Secretary is working very hard with the United States to try and secure this issue and to bring this chapter to a close.

"As you know, we have also taken steps as a Government and a country to try and achieve some closure about what happened in the past by a settlement with those people who were at Guantanamo Bay, and also setting up a proper inquiry to make sure that the British Government was not complicit in any torture of those people in Guantanamo Bay or indeed elsewhere."

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