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US do not want to be world's jailers: Rice

US is eager to close Guantanamo Bay but the "dangerous people" there won't be set free, says the Secretary of State.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 10:22 IST

The United States has said that it did not want to be "world's jailers" and Washington was eager to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility but asserted that "dangerous people" there would not be set free.

"No one would like to shut down Guantanamo more than this administration. We don't want to be the world's jailers," US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a series of Sunday Talk Shows.

"But I would ask people to answer...Then what do we do with the hundreds of dangerous people there who were caught on the battlefield, who are known to have connections, who regularly say that, if they're released, they're going to go back to killing Americans? Do you really want those people on the streets?" she said.

Pressed for an answer whether Guantanamo detention centre will not be closed Rice replied, "In time.. Of course it will be closed. It's my hope that that time is coming".

Rice refused to provide a timetable for the shut down of the US facility in Cuba.

"...I'm not going to talk in timetables. What we can talk about is what results we want. And we want a result in which we are certain that dangerous people are not going to be let back out onto the streets," Rice said.

"Guantanamo is a necessity because of the nature of the war on terror, but lots of changes have been made there," Rice said when pointed out about the observation of a UN Panel that the facility has to be shut down.