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404 Moroccan prisoners released

18-08-2005 News Release 05/44

Geneva/Tunis (ICRC) – The Polisario Front today released all the Moroccan prisoners in its custody.

They will be repatriated to Morocco under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Their release follows mediation by the United States.

The ICRC visited the prisoners regularly and welcomes their release. Their repatriation ends a long period of internment and marks an important step in resolving the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the Western Sahara.

The ICRC will pursue its efforts to ensure that the fate of all those reported missing in connection with this conflict is established, and that families suffering the uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to their relatives finally obtain this information.

See also story and photos of a previous repatriation of prisoners dating from September 2003

 For further information, please contact:  

 Bernard Pfefferle, ICRC Tunis, tel.: ++ 21 671 962 759  

 Nada Doumani, ICRC Geneva, tel.: +41 22 730 2590 or + 41 79 251 93 18