Diplomats intensify efforts for aid workers

Monday 06 July 2009 14.00
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Sharon Commins - Taken hostage on Friday
Sharon Commins - Taken hostage on Friday
Hilda Kuwuki - Working for Goal in Sudan
Hilda Kuwuki - Working for Goal in Sudan

A high-level team of diplomats and negotiators are continuing efforts to locate an Irish aid worker and her Ugandan colleague who have been kidnapped in Sudan.

32-year-old Sharon Commins from Dublin and 42-year-old Ugandan Hilda Kuwuki were abducted by an armed gang from the GOAL compound in northern Darfur on Friday.

A Government delegation including hostage negotiators, led by Ireland's Ambassador to Egypt Gerard Corr, is in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

They are holding talks with authorities there while other diplomats have travelled to Darfur.

Irish Ambassador to Uganda, Kevin Kelly is also in talks with the government there.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Michéal Martin has said his Department is working on a day by day basis to secure the release of the two GOAL employees who were kidnapped.

Referring to Ms Commins, the Minister said he had been in touch with her family on a number of occasions.

He said the Department is focused on doing everything they possibly can to secure the release of the women.