EU Aid Commissioner Lauds Sudanese Government for Aid Workers' Release

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva hailed the Sudanese government’s role in the release of three aid workers in Darfur last week.

The released aid workers are International Committee of the Red Cross staffer Gauthier Lefèvre and Olivier Denis and Olivier Frappe of French nonprofit Triangle.

“This is very good news, and credit is due to Sudan’s Government of National Unity for their efforts to bring about these releases,” Georgieva said in a March 19 press release.

“However, I remain extremely concerned about the serious situation of civilians affected by recent fighting in South and West Darfur, particularly in Jebel Marra,” she added. “We got alerted that several thousand people have been forced to flee from their homes and urgently need assistance, but this cannot be verified as humanitarian agencies have no access to them.”

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