From the British Foreign Office;
The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news
that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for
resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda.
The four arrived on Bermuda in the early hours, celebrating the end of seven
years of detention after learning that they were to be accepted as guest
But it appears that the Government of Bermuda failed to consult with the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision to take in the Uighurs â
whose return is demanded by Beijing â and it could now be forced to send
them back to Cuba or risk a grave diplomatic crisis.
Bermuda, Britain's oldest remaining dependency, is one of 14 overseas
territories that come under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, which
retains direct responsibility for such matters as foreign policy and
"We've underlined to the Bermuda Government that they should have
consulted with the United Kingdom as to whether this falls within their
competence or is a security issue, for which the Bermuda Government do not
have delegated responsibility," an FCO spokesman said.
"We have made clear to the Bermuda Government the need for a security
assessment, which we are now helping them to carry out, and we will decide
on further steps as appropriate."