Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur

The Secretary-General is deeply gratified by the release today of two United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contractors who were abducted in Zalingei, Central Darfur, Sudan, on 29 January.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts made by UNAMID and expresses his appreciation to the Governments of Sudan and Russia in securing their safe release.

He is relieved that the contractors will be able to reunite with their families and loved ones after 128 days in captivity.

The Secretary-General underscores the importance of UNAMID’s work for the people of Darfur and calls on the Government to launch a full investigation.

New York, 6 June 2015