US Using All Options to Get BergdahlFreed
WASHINGTON – The United States is pursuing all available options, including military, intelligence and diplomacy, to have Sergeant Robert Bergdahl released from the Taliban, the White House said on Tuesday. “We can’t discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that we work every day, using our military, our intelligence and our diplomatic tools, to see Sergeant Bergdahl returned home safely,” the White House press secretary said.
Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference the US had long supported an Afghan-led peace process, and would continue to do so. “When it comes to Sergeant Bergdahl, our hearts go out to his family. We have great sympathy for them. Sergeant Bergdahl has been gone for far too long, and we continue to call for his immediate release,” Carney said in response to a question.
The United States, he said, was not involved in active negotiations with the Taliban. If negotiations resumed at some point, then the US would want to talk with the Taliban about the safe return of Sergeant Bergdahl, he said. Kidnapped by the Haqqani network in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009, the soldier had been gone far too long, as the US continues to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release.
“With respect to Guantanamo, the president reiterated, when he signed the fiscal year 2014 Defense Authorization Act, that this administration will not transfer a detainee unless the threat the detainee may pose can be sufficiently mitigated,” he said. “In the meantime, we are actively engaged in an effort to see his return. I can’t document every effort, but that includes our military, our intelligence and our diplomatic tools,” Carney said. However, he did not refute reports that the US is considering a prisoners swap to free Sergeant Robert Bergdahl in exchange for Guantanamo Bay prisoners. (PAN)