|Coalition deaths in Afghanistan by country USA: 1,465*
Czech Republic: 3
New Zealand: 2
South Korea: 2
Lithuania: 1TOTAL: 2,340
|1 February 2011||Press Release|
|Experts Complete IAEA Follow-up Review of Spanish Nuclear Regulatory AuthorityMadrid, Spain, 1 February 2011 | Nuclear safety experts today concluded an eight-day mission to review Spain’s nuclear regulator, the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN). At the request of the Spanish Government, the International Atomic Energy Agency assembled a peer-review team of five high-level regulatory experts from four nations and two IAEA staff members to conduct a follow-up assessment of an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission conducted in 2008.
This follow-up IRRS mission examined CSN’s progress in acting upon the recommendations and suggestions made during the 2008 IRRS mission and reviewed the areas of significant regulatory changes since that review. Both reviews covered safety and security regulatory aspects of all facilities and activities in Spain.
The first mission reviewed Spain’s regulatory framework against IAEA Safety Standards and fostered the exchange of information and experience on safety regulation. The mission also included a peer review of the security activities within the regulatory framework.
IRRS team leader Luis Reyes, Senior Executive of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said today, “In 2008, the mission found particular strengths in CSN’s policy, its regulatory framework and its regulatory activities. We made a number of suggestions and recommendations for further improvement of the regulatory framework. CSN should be commended for the significant amount of efforts in addressing all the findings identified in 2008 mission.”
The review team found that CSN has made significant progress toward improving its regulatory activities. Most of the findings identified in the 2008 report have been effectively addressed and therefore can be considered closed. Additional findings are being addressed in accordance with a comprehensive and systematic action plan, in particular efforts to revise the CSN Statute.
Complementing the CSN strengths identified during the 2008 mission, the 2011 IRRS team noted the following strengths:
As directed by the President’s January 22, 2009 executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, the detainees were approved for transfer by unanimous consent among all the agencies involved in the task force. In accordance with congressionally mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals at least 15 days before their transfer.
The identities of the individuals are being withheld for privacy reasons at the request of the receiving governments. The United States is grateful to the governments of Spain and Latvia for their willingness to support U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the governments of Spain and Latvia to ensure the transfers took place under appropriate security measures and will remain in close consultation with both governments regarding these individuals.
Since 2002, more than 600 detainees have departed Guantanamo Bay for other destinations, including Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Georgia, France, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Palau, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen.
Today, 176 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
- 2 Detainees Transferred from Gitmo to Governments of Spain and Latvia. (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- U.S. releases 2 detainees from Guantanamo, Pentagon says (cnn.com)
- Detainee Transfer Announced (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Two more Guantanamo detainees sent to other countries (cnn.com)
- US sends Guantanamo ex-detainees to Spain, Latvia (alternet.org)
- The Guantanamo Conundrum (bigthink.com)
- Indefinite detention possible for suspects at Guantanamo Bay – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- US Congress blocks Guantanamo closure (alternet.org)
- U.S. sends two Guantanamo detainees to Spain, Latvia (reuters.com)
- Guantanamo: U.S. seeks indefinite detention (sfgate.com)