UN takes initiative to release Nepalis abducted in Darfur, identified

Published On: November 30, 2016 12:40 PM NPT By: Hom Lamsal

NEW YORK, Nov 30: The Office of the United Nations has taken the initiative to release two Nepalis taken hostage by armed rebels in Sudanese city Darfur.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) based in Darfur has initiated talks to release the two Nepalis kidnapped by armed rebels, said the UN.

The abducted Nepalis are originally from Dhapakhel and Pulchowk, Lalitpur. The UNHCR has already informed their respective families about their abduction.

 Durga Prasad Bhattarai, a permanent representative of the UN, said that he has already informed the UN headquarters and added that Nepali Embassy and the UNHCR headquarters based in Jeneva are working on releasing the victims.

“We are holding talks with diplomatic missions and UN missions to release the abductees,” Bhattarai said, adding, “We first tried to indentify the abducted Nepalis as soon as we received the information. Now Nepali Embassy in Jeneva and UN missions are looking into the matter.”

Armed rebels had abducted three UN staffers- two Nepalis and one Sudanese – from war-torn Darfur, western city of Sudan, two days ago.

The UN mission has not yet provided any identification of the kidnappers and the condition of the abductees. 

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