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Sudan: ICRC organizes transfer of released Chinese citizens

07-02-2012 News Release 12/25

Khartoum/Geneva/Nairobi/Beijing (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arranged for 29 Chinese citizens released by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North to be transferred to Nairobi, Kenya, today.

"The ICRC assisted in this operation on humanitarian grounds, after all the parties concerned accepted its offer to serve as a neutral intermediary," said Christoph Luedi, the head of the ICRC delegation in Nairobi.

The Chinese nationals travelled on board an ICRC aircraft from South Kordofan, Sudan, to Nairobi, where the ICRC placed them in the care of representatives of the Chinese embassy.

The ICRC provided transportation, but did not take part in the negotiations that led to the release.

The ICRC stands ready to provide support for any similar operation in the future if the parties ask it to do so.

For further information, please contact:
Adil Sharif (for Arabic), ICRC Khartoum, tel: +249 1 83 476 464 or +249 912 137 764
Aleksandra Matijevic (for English), ICRC Khartoum, tel: +249 1 83 476 464 or +249 912 170 576
Jean-Yves Clémenzo (for French), ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17
David Pierre Marquet, CICR Beijing, (for Chinese) +86 138 1027 40 25
Anne Mucheke, ICRC Nairobi, tel: ++254 733 66 00 76 or +254 272 39 63