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Denmark Asks U.S. to Stop Unauthorized CIA Flights

Tuesday, 30 August 2005 12:00 AM

The government is opposed to unauthorized flights by the CIA through Danish airspace, a position it has expressed to the UnitedStates, according to Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made it quite clear to U.S. officials that Denmark does not want its airspace used for purposes that are in conflict with international conventions," wrote Moeller, in response to an inquiry from Frank Aaen, spokesman for military affairs for the Red-Green Alliance.

Reports surfaced in May that civil airplanes secretly registered by the CIA had been sighted over Denmark. Human rights organizations claim that the planes are used to transport terror suspects to places where torture is conducted.

Moeller had originally denied that the government had knowledge of transports taking place in Danish airspace that violate "international conventions", according to Ritzau.

Aaen was not satisfied with the ministry's statement, however. "The government must have found out that there is a problem when Denmark's close ally apparently misuses Danish airspace. Nevertheless, they continue using cautious formulations in the hope that nobody notices anything. It would benefit the government if it clearly rejected these flights instead of producing a half-finished song," said Aaen.

(Xinhuanet)

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