ICRC facilitates return of 3 prisoners of war to Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has facilitated the return of three members of the Sudanese Armed Forces, who were released by the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Army, headed by former Presidential Assistant Minni Arku Minawi (SLA-MM).

In a press release, received by PANA in Khartoum Friday, the ICRC said the released soldiers, including two who are in need of medical care, have been handed over to the Sudanese authorities in North Darfur.

"The SLA-MM and the Sudanese authorities asked us to assist in the transfer of the soldiers in our capacity as a neutral intermediary," Jean-Christophe Sandoz, head of the ICRC in Sudan, was quoted by the release as saying.

"We remain committed to providing such support in the future, should parties to the conflict ask us to do so," Sandoz said.

According to the statement, in April, the ICRC assisted in the repatriation of 13 Sudanese prisoners of war released by the South Sudanese authorities. In July, the organization facilitated the handover of 63 members of the Sudanese Armed Forces released by an armed opposition group in Darfur, and in September the ICRC repatriated 19 South Sudanese prisoners of war released by Sudan.

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1978, and extended its operations to Darfur in 2004, where it provides assistance for victims of the armed conflict and other situations of violence.
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