Kidnapped Hungarian UN peacekeeper released in Sudan

09:39, January 06, 2011      

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Retired Hungarian lieutenant colonel Istvan Papp, serving in Sudan in a United Nations' peacekeeping mission, was released after three months in captivity, the Hungarian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.

Papp had been participating in efforts to demobilize child soldiers in Darfur when he was abducted on October 7, 2010.

Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti telephoned Budapest on Wednesday afternoon to report that Papp had been freed and was on his way to Cairo. According to Sudanese authorities, he is in good health.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi thanked the Sudanese authorities for their efforts to free the 55-year-old ex-soldier.

Source: Xinhua


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