John Sørbø (far right) with President Thabo Mbeki, Burundi's President Buyoya and the three United Nations colleagues. 
Photo: Trine Jøranli Eskedal/UD.John Sørbø (far right) with President Thabo Mbeki, Burundi's President Buyoya and the three United Nations colleagues. Photo: Trine Jøranli Eskedal/UD

Norwegian mine clearing expert John Sørbø is released

5/21/2012 // Sudanese authorities in Khartoum released Norwegian mine clearing expert John Sørbø and three others on Sunday May 20th after holding him for about three weeks.

- We’re very pleased that Sørbø is now released. I especially want to thank Thabo Mbeki and the African Union for their help in ensuring his release, said Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Mr. Sørbø and three United Nations colleagues - Chris Fielding from Britain, South African Thabo Siavhe and Maker Dong Rin from South Sudan - were detained on April 28th during a humanitarian mission on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. They were accused of illegally crossing the border in to Sudan.

Throughout his detention, the Norwegian Embassy in Khartoum had consular access to Mr. Sørbø on regular basis and he was treated well.

- A good dialogue with the Sudanese authorities helped us reach a happy conclusion to this situation, said the Foreign Minister.


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