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Obama: Details on Closing Gitmo Are a Long Way Off

DRESDEN, Germany - President Obama admitted Friday he's a long way from knowing how to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, despite declaring to the Muslim world on Thursday that the facility is a violation of American ideals caused by the 'trauma' of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"I don't anticipate that it's going to be resolved anytime in the next two or three months. I think it's going to be a longer process of evaluation," said Obama with his German counterpart Angela Merkel at his side in the historic city of Dresden.

The president's promise to close the Gitmo detention facility was one of the more welcome elements of his address to Muslims, and Merkel cheered it here, but Obama admitted that he didn't ask Germany to take more than the one Gitmo inmate they've accepted.

Merkel noted that Germany agreed to accept detainee Murat Kurnaz, because he "has some sort of relations to Germany."

Kurnaz was born and raised in Germany to Turkish parents, but does not hold German citizenship. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2001, but released because he was not found to have ties to Al Qaeda.

"When there is a solution in the offing we will constructively contribute to it," said Merkel, who also noted that discussions are currently going on between her government and Washington.

Obama and Merkel toured the site of Buchenwald concentration camp before the president continued on to France for the final stop of his foreign trip.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Wendell Goler serves as a senior White House and foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC), joining the network in 1996.