21 CHIBOK GIRL’s RELEASE | We were not involved in negotiation says Red Cross

by on October 15, 2016

The Red Cross has explained its role in the Boko Haram release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the terror group in 2014.

The Red Cross and the Swiss Government mediated in the release of the girls, the Nigeri­an government said on Thursday.

“The role we played was neutral interme­diary. We were not in­volved in the negotia­tion,” Elodie Schindler, the spokesperson for the International Com­mittee of the Red Cross in Africa, told the me­dia.

“What we usually do is when two parties are negotiating, we don’t get involved. But when they have struck a deal, they can then call us in to mediate.”

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Ms. Schindler said when the Nigerian government and Boko Haram reached a deal, they contacted the Red Cross to come in, in­spect, and receive the girls. She said her or­ganisation played no other role beyond that.

The Swiss Embassy is yet to speak on its role in the release of the girls.

The Red Cross was also involved in a 2014 negotiation between the Nigerian govern­ment under President Goodluck Jonathan, and the terror group.

Just two months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed his administration’s willingness to swap detained Boko Haram fighters with the ab­ducted Chibok girls.

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