ICRC calls for release of 2 remaining hostages

MANILA, Philippines – The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday expressed relief over the release of Mary Jean Lacaba by the Abu Sayyaf even as it called for the release of the two remaining ICRC hostages.

In a statement on its website, the ICRC said Lacaba was freed at about 9 p.m. and appeared to be in good health although “very tired and extremely worried” for her colleagues Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter.

“For Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter, their loved ones and the whole of the ICRC, the nightmare of this abduction is not over,” said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific.

“Once again, we ask that they remain unharmed. While we welcome this first positive move, especially after a very tense and difficult week, we reiterate our appeal to the kidnappers to let Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter go without delay and unconditionally,” he added.

He also said the ICRC appreciated the recent official and behind-the-scenes endeavors to resolve the ordeal.

“We are grateful to various high-ranking government officials for their efforts. I would also like to thank our colleagues at the Philippine National Red Cross Society, in particular its Chairman Richard Gordon, for their unwavering support during this difficult time,” said Aeschlimann.

“I hope that Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter will soon be home safe and sound, and that we will at last be able to hold them in our arms,” he added.

GMANews.TV

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm  Comments Off on ICRC calls for release of 2 remaining hostages  
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