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Tajikistan: hostage crisis resolved

20-02-1997 News Release 97/07

The ICRC was extremely relieved to learn that the last five hostages held in Obigarm, Tajikistan, had been released.

With regard to the gradual resumption of its activities to assist the victims of the conflict, the ICRC has contacted the other humanitarian organizations working in the country, as well as government authorities and the opposition, to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to safeguard humanitarian activities.

When its work resumes, the ICRC will give priority to food aid and medical assistance for prisoners.