Kidnapped SA peacekeepers: No ransom demands

2010-04-15 09:31

No ransom demands have been made for four South African peacekeepers kidnapped in Sudan, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid) has said.


“Despite an all-out effort on every front, the peacekeepers and

their vehicle remain unaccounted for. Our concern is that we are now facing a

car-jacking and abduction situation.

"Notwithstanding recent media reports, we

have not been contacted by any party nor have we received any claim or demand of

any sort,” said Unamid joint special representative Ibrahim Gambari.

He was in

“constant contact” with Sudanese government officials.


The four unarmed police advisers’ last movement was reported at 4pm

on April 11, when the group left Nyala in South Darfur on a 7km journey back to

their private quarters.


“[They] have not been seen or heard from in more than 72 hours.

Unamid has continued to mobilise all its resources in the region and is working

in close co-operation with the government of the Sudan and local authorities in

the search for the missing peacekeepers,” said Gambari.


The AFP news agency reported their kidnapping yesterday, describing

it as the largest abduction of foreigners in the war-torn Darfur region.


The abduction came as former president Thabo Mbeki visited North

Darfur while Sudan was holding its first competitive elections in more than two

decades.

Mbeki is the head of the African Union panel on Darfur.


Several aid workers have been kidnapped in the semidesert region of

Darfur in past years.


South Africa’s international co-operation department was not

immediately available for comment.

 

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