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Jun 10, 2009 6:30pm

ABC's Kirit Radia reports from Washington:

Senior State Dept officials confirm to ABC that the US has agreed on a preliminary deal with Palau to send at least some of the remaining Uyghurs detained in Guantanamo to the tiny island nation of Palau, but said that details have yet to be worked out and could take a couple more weeks to finalize before we see a transfer.

Specifically, one senior official said, the US and Palau are nailing down where and when they would be transferred, how they would be looked after, and how many of the 17 Uyghurs in Gitmo Palau would accept.

Also to be worked out: how much money the US would pay Palau for each detainee they take in. This is SEPARATE from the $200 million the US plans to provide Palau in budget support over the next 15 years, which the State Dept today insisted was not related to this matter.

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