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Denmark Tells CIA to Stay Out of Danish Airspace
The decision comes as a reaction to the 'rendition' of terror suspects from Europe to locations that allow less-restrictive interrogation.
August 29, 2005
Copenhagen Post - Home Page (English)
The American Central Intelligence Agency
can no longer use Danish airspace for flights to transport suspected terrorists
around the world.
The government has told the United
it is opposed to the unauthorized flights, Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller
Per Stig Møller
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made
it quite clear to U.S. officials that Denmark does not want its airspace used for purposes that
are in conflict with international conventions,” wrote Møller, in response
to an inquiry from Frank Aaen, the Red-Green Alliance military affairs spokesman
[a Danish political Party].
Reports surfaced in May that civilian aircraft
secretly registered to the CIA had been sighted over Denmark. Human rights organizations claim that the planes
are used to transport terror suspects to places where torture is conducted.
Møller had originally denied that the government
had knowledge of transports taking place in Danish airspace that violate “international
Aaen, however, said he remained unsatisfied
with the ministry's statement.
“The government must have discovered a
problem with the apparent misuse of Danish airspace by Denmark's close ally. Nevertheless, the government continues
to use cautious language in the hope that no one will notice. It would benefit
the government if it clearly rejected such flights instead of singing a half-finished
song,” Aaen said.
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