EU Commissioner Louis Michel expresses concern over aid workers seized in Somalia


Brussels, 5 November 2008 - Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, has expressed his deep concern about the seizure this morning of four aid workers from Action Against Hunger and the two pilots of a European Commission chartered aircraft, near the Somali town of Dhusa Mareb.

Commissioner Michel said: "I urge the captors to release these people without delay. The assistance provided by the Commission and its partners in Somalia is solely aimed at relieving the suffering of people who are in desperate need. The only goal of our humanitarian assistance is to save lives and provide relief in an impartial and non-discriminatory way. "