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Nepal: Two detainees released

30-04-2005 News Release

This presse release was issued by the ICRC delegation in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, 30 April 2005 (ICRC) – On 29 April 2005, the chief district officer and the local development officer of Arghakhanchi were released by the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoists (CPN-M) and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The operation took place in Rolpa district, in mid-western Nepal, in the presence of representatives from the ICRC and the CPN-M.

Acting in its capacity as a neutral and independent intermediary recognized by both parties to the conflict, the ICRC conducted the operation in accordance with its standard procedures.

A team of three ICRC delegates spoke to the two detainees in private before their release. The delegates then travelled with them on foot and by car to Nepalgunj, where they were handed over to representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The ICRC has been working with the parties to the conflict in Nepal since 1998 as an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian organisation whose purpose is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence. It took part in similar release operations in October 2001 when 25 policemen were handed over to the Nepal Police in Nepalgunj and in 2004, when in two separate events, a total of 76 members of the Nepal Police, the Royal Nepalese Army and the civil service were released.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Giuseppe Pogliari, ICRC Kathmandu, tel. ++ 977 1 44 82 285  

 Vincent Lusser, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++ 41 22 730 21 01