United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected terrorists were held and abuses reported. Ban made the remarks at his first formal press conference since taking office as the UN chief on Jan. 1. "I understand that today is the fifth anniversary of Guantanamo's prison," Ban said. "Like my predecessor, I believe that prison at Guantanamo should be closed." The previous secretary-general, Kofi Annan, urged Washington last February to shut down the facility in Guantanamo as soon as possible.
The United States opened the detention facility at its naval base in Guantanamo in January 2002 to hold terror suspects and Taliban members mainly captured during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. About 395 prisoners are still held there.