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Sudan: two servicemen freed under ICRC auspices

11-06-2011 News Release 11/99

Khartoum/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today facilitated the transfer of two Sudanese armed forces personnel to government authorities in Al Fashir, the capital city of North Darfur State. The servicemen, who had been held by the Liberation and Justice Movement, were released to ICRC staff near the North Darfur town of Kutum.

"At the request of both parties, the ICRC facilitated today's handover in its capacity as neutral intermediary," said Angela Cotroneo, the ICRC staff member who led the transfer operation. "Our organization provided transport and other assistance for the released detainees. However, we did not take part in the negotiations that led to the handover."

Prior to the handover, ICRC staff spoke with each of the soldiers in private to make sure they were being handed over of their own free will. The servicemen were offered the possibility of contacting their families by phone or via Red Cross message, to let them know they had been released and were safe and well.

The ICRC remains willing to support any similar operation in the future if the parties ask it to do so. The organisation has been providing assistance to victims of the armed conflict and other violence in Darfur since 2004.

For further information, please contact:
Julia Gebert, ICRC Khartoum, (Arabic, English) tel: +249 1 83 476 464 or +249 912 137 764
Vassily FADEEV  ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 48