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     28.07.2003

     

On Russian MFA Demarche to Sudanese Side

Sudanese Charge d'Affaires ad interim to Moscow F. Al-Hadi Ibrahim was again called into the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 28.

An official protest was declared to the Sudanese side over the continuing, despite all the previous assurances, illegal action of detention in the Sudan of the Russian MI-26T helicopter and its crew.

The Sudanese diplomat was told that the cause for growing bewilderment is the absence up to this day of any exhaustive official explanations on this account and that this action runs counter to the traditions of friendship and cooperation between Russia and the Sudan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs resolutely demanded an immediate release of the Russian helicopter and its crew and that they should be allowed to leave the Sudan for the fulfillment of the terms and conditions of their contract with the United Nations for participation in the peacekeeping mission of this organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It was emphasized on the Russian side that in the event of a continuation of the current intolerable situation Moscow would have to draw conclusions which might have a most unfavorable effect on bilateral Russian-Sudanese relations.

A similar demarche to the Sudanese side was also undertaken today through the Embassy of Russia in Khartoum.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to deal actively and purposefully with this matter.

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