updated 5/3/2009 1:08:27 PM ET 2009-05-03T17:08:27

The United States is asking Germany to accept some Guantanamo prisoners when the facility is closed.

That's according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry who has confirmed a report in Der Spiegel magazine that the U.S. has provided a list of names of prisoners it would like Germany to accept.

The spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the ministry's policy, says "There is a concrete request."

Der Spiegel reports, without citing sources, that the U.S. has asked Germany to accept 10 prisoners.

Top-selling Bild newspaper, meanwhile, reports the 10 were Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs (WEE'-gurz). It also does not cite sources.

President Barack Obama has ordered the military prison in Cuba shuttered in the next nine months.

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