PALAU’S PRESIDENT GUARANTEES UIGHUR’S SAFETY

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PALAU’S PRESIDENT GUARANTEES UIGHUR’S SAFETY If they resettle in Palau, China can’t reach them

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 25, 2009) – Palau's President says Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay should not be concerned about their safety if they are resettled in Palau.

The detainees are worried Chinese authorities will be able to reach them in Palau.

A lawyer for two of them says no formal offer has been made for them to resettle.

The Muslim Uighurs are from the Chinese province of Xinjiang in western China.

China considers Uighurs as terrorists and say they are leading an Islamic separatist movement in Xinjiang, but the US does not regard them as terrorists.

Palau's President, Johnson Toribiong has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the Uigher detainees from Guantanamo would be safe in Palau.

"They are kind of nervous about the Chinese presence in this part of the world," he said.

"That is not a problem, it is a baseless concern the Chinese may not want these detainees to be to Palau but that is a problem for the United States to consider.

"They have no enemies they are under to the US umbrella."

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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