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June 10, 2009 1:56 PM Subscribe
GITMO's 17 Uighurs - a dissident Chinese religious group - sent to Palau.
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Oppressed in China [previously
], the group were among several exonerated Guantanamo detainees [previously
] who remained at the prison because no one would take them. Palau will receive $200 million
in aid later this year, which the State Department argues is not quid pro quo.
Austrialia, among 100 other nations
, declined to house the Uighurs several times
, initially proposing to send GITMO refugees to Nauru, an island left bankrupt from its participation in Russian banking, terrorism and other corruption.
Citing the need to present a united front against China
, the US has long argued several nations must simultaneously accept Uighur refugees. Instead, they head to a nation which acted as a US trust territory until 1994
, and which the Secretary of State calls a staunch ally. Palauan President Johnson Toribiong on the agreement: "This is but a small thing we can do to thank our best friend and ally for all it has done for Palau."