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EU wants clarification on CIA camps

Washington ran illegal prisons in Europe as part of its "war on terror"

BRUSSELS – EU states will write a joint letter to the United States seeking clarification after allegations that Washington ran illegal prisons in Europe as part of its «war on terror,» an official said.

Britain, which holds the rotating presidency of the 25-member EU, said it had been asked to draft the letter at a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels.

«Several foreign ministers requested that the presidency write a letter and we agreed to do so,» a spokesman for the British presidency said.

The Washington Post newspaper reported this month that the CIA had been interrogating suspected al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in eastern Europe that was part of a covert global prison system with sites in eight countries.

U.S.-based organization Human Rights Watch has identified Romania and EU member Poland as countries that may have been used by the CIA in the alleged secret operation, but both countries have denied it.

Spain has said a judge is investigating allegations that the CIA used a Spanish airport as a base for transporting Islamic terrorism suspects.