Australia's Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the United States has been told for a second time that Australia will not resettle detainees freed from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.
Gillard says U.S. President George W. Bush's administration was told on Friday that a second request made in early December to resettle an unspecified number of detainees had been rejected.
She says the detainees did not meet Australia's stringent national security and immigration criteria.
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She says her government had similarly rejected a resettlement request from the Bush administration in early 2008.