Sudan: Government - Release of UNAMID hostages achieved through precise plan and extensive efforts

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Khartoum, Dec. 15 (SUNA) - The government affirmed that the process of freeing the two kidnapped employees of UNAMID in West Darfur was conducted according to a precise plan and extensive efforts. In a statement it issued Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the government will not hesitate in protecting the employees working with the UN missions and the workers operating in the humanitarian field in Sudan, affirming that the government is living up to all its responsibilities for protecting these employees in accordance with the obligations included in the organizing agreements. The government appreciated the full and close cooperation between its and the UNAMID for the release of the abducted employees of UNAMI. The statement explained that the two employees of UNAMID were kidnapped from Zalenge town on August 29, 2009 and were lately released and returned to Khartoum safely after extensive efforts done by Sudan government and through close and precise coordination with the UNAMID in Darfur, the General Secretariat of the United Nations in New York and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. The Foreign Ministry pointed out that Sudan government has set, since the first day of the abduction, a high level committee of the concerned organs to deal with the issue and work for the release of the hostages, adding that the government efforts achieved success thanks to the accurate plan, the intensive efforts and the effective contribution of the native administration in Darfur and local leaderships in West Darfur State. MO/MO