Thursday, February 8, 2007

Richardson Says Close Guantanamo

Speaking today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Bill Richardson called for the Guantanamo detention facility to be closed. His speech was entitled "New Realism".

Richardson said that "Prisoner abuse, torture, secret prisons, renditions and evasion of the Geneva conventions must have no place in our policy." He said that if America wants Muslims to open up to it, we must begin by closing Guantanamo.

Calling for more diplomacy across the world, Richardson said that America should engage more with Iran, North Korea and Syria. And Richardson also said that America should lead in trying to reduce nuclear weapons around the world, including at home.

Richardson also supports the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, to curb greenhouse emissions, which America leads in.

This was Richardson's first major foreign policy speech since announcing his candidacy 2 weeks ago.