CIA Not To Use Danish Airspace
The Copenhagen Post Online
August 29, 2005
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the US government to put a stop to
unauthorised flights by the CIA into Danish airspace.
The US Central Intelligence Agency can no longer use Danish airspace for
flights to transport suspected terrorists around the world.
The government has told the United States that it is opposed to the
unauthorised flights, Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller said.
'The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made it quite clear to US officials
that Denmark does not want its airspace used for purposes that are in
conflict with international conventions,' wrote Møller, in response to an
inquiry from Frank Aaen, spokesman for military affairs for the Red-Green
Reports surfaced in May that civil airplanes secretly registered by the CIA
had been sighted over Denmark. Human rights organisations claim that the
planes are used to transport terror suspects to places where torture is
Møller had originally denied that the government had knowledge of transports
taking place in Danish airspace that violate 'international conventions'.
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.