Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Swiss woman abducted in Darfur: Switzerland's foreign ministry

He did not provide any details on the identity of the abducted person or the circumstances of his abduction.

The Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Idriss Jazairy, said the welcome decision taken by the US Administration on 6 October 2017 followed "sustained positive action by the Government of Sudan", and demonstrated a worthy commitment to dialogue.

"Our local representatives are in contact with the local authorities", it said, adding that the case was being investigated.

She said the woman was not a United Nations staff member, but had collaborated with the United Nations on several initiatives.

The Sudanese government has not confirmed or officially commented on the incident. Swiss newspapers reported the woman was an aid worker.

The decision to extend the ceasefire comes two days after the lift of economic sanctions on Sudan by the US administration which facilitates peace talks with the rebel groups in southern and western parts of the country.

The Security Council renewed the mandate of the joint UN-AU Mission in Darfur (Unamid) until 30 June, however with a reduction of more than a third of the almost 19,000 Unamid military troops and police officers present at the time.

The UN force had been deployed after a brutal conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003, which the UN says has killed about 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million. The abduction comes two days after Washington's decision to lift its ban 20-year-old against the Sudan.

"The Government of Sudan's actions during the last nine months show that it is serious about cooperating with the United States and has taken significant steps to stop conflict and improve humanitarian access within Sudan, and to promote regional stability", the State Department said.

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