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U.S. officials discuss plans for closing Guantanamo

Top U.S. government officials met privately in Washington on Monday to discuss closing the detention centre at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Top U.S. government officials met privately in Washington on Monday to discuss closing the detention centre at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Attorney General Eric Holder hosted the first cabinet-level meeting of President Barack Obama's Guantanamo task force. Participating in the meeting Monday, among others, were Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Obama has pledged to close the facility for terror suspects within a year, and officials must decide which suspects to ship away to foreign countries and which to bring to trial in U.S. courts.

The group is discussing standards for reviewing detainee cases, which detainee decisions will get priority, and what has been done to date.

Among the detainees is Canadian Omar Khadr, who is accused of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15.

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