Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2008

Sudan / France / Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs

 


Sudan / France / Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

KARTHUM, Sudan, August 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs

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What’s the official status in France of Sudanese opposition figure Abdulwahid Nour?

 

What’s your reaction to the hijacking of the Sudanese Sun Air plane, especially when responsibility is claimed by the Sudan Liberation Movement whose leader is Mr. Nour?

 

Abdulwahid Nour is living in France legally by virtue of a residence permit that has been renewed several times.

 

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the hijacking of an aircraft of the Sudanese company.

 

We have taken note of the fact that Abdulwahid Nour has formally denied any involvement by his movement in this matter.

 

We are delighted at reports that the passengers were released without violence. We hope this matter is resolved as quickly as possible without bloodshed.

 

Can you confirm that the hijacked Sudanese airline now in Libya is trying to get fuel to fly to France? Have you been asked to let the aircraft enter French territory? Do you confirm that France has interceded in the negotiations and agreed to let the hijackers come to France in exchange for the passengers’ release?

 

Even though we consider we’re not directly concerned by the hijacking, we stand ready to help bring about a solution to release all the hostages.

 

So France is ready to let the hijackers in if it meant an outcome without bloodshed?

 

We believe everything must be done to protect the lives of the hostages.

 

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SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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