Foreign Minister: No News about Abducted Bulgarians in Sudan

Diplomacy | January 15, 2011, Saturday // 13:49|  views

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said there was no new information about the abducted Bulgarians in Sudan. Photo by BGNES

There no new information that could be announced about the Bulgarian UN workers that were abducted in Sudan, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said.

In an interview for the Bulgarian Darik Radio on Saturday, Mladenov said that the ministry is in constant contact with the Sudanese authorities and with UN representatives.

The three Bulgarians, said to be a helicopter crew, were seized in Darfur region by armed men at an air strip on Thursday, according to the UN World Foods Programme.

Mladenov has explained that there are many different groups in Darfur, some of which are religiously united, while others are ethnically united, and are fighting for power. In his words, in the last year, abductions usually last for about 3-4 months.

"We have a good system that was created during the difficult situation in Somalia. I hope that everything will end successfully in the next days or weeks. We are prepared for different variants of the situation," he said.

Earlier on Saturday, the Bulgarian private TV channel bTV reported that the car, which was used for the abduction of the Bulgarians, has been found.

According to the information, the kidnappers are almost identified. They are believed to come from a local tribe and not be involved in a military group. They are also believed to kidnap for money and not for food, as it was recently reported.

The identities of the abducted Bulgarians have not been revealed, but unconfirmed reports say one of them is the father of CSKA youth team player Bozhidar Chorbadjiisky.

Bandits and armed groups frequently kidnap U.N. and international aid workers in Darfur. The kidnappings have increased since March 2009, when the International Criminal Court indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes in the region.

Most of the hostages have been released unharmed.

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