France, EU welcome release of six foreign medics

24th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, July 24, 2007 (AFP) - France and the European Union welcomed Tuesday Libya's "humanitarian gesture" in releasing six foreign medics sentenced to life in prison accused of infecting children with HIV.

BRUSSELS, July 24, 2007 (AFP) - France and the European Union welcomed Tuesday Libya's "humanitarian gesture" in releasing six foreign medics sentenced to life in prison accused of infecting children with HIV.

In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso "welcomed the accord that finally resulted in the release and return of the Bulgarian nurses detained for eight years, and the Palestinian doctor, as well as the setting-up of a better means of assuring treatment for children with AIDS in Libya."

"The president of the French republic and the European Commission President welcome this humanitarian gesture by Libya and its highest leader and commit to doing all they can to help children with AIDS," said the statement released in Brussels.

"They express their deep gratitude to the Emir and the state of Qatar whose mediation helped bring about this happy outcome."

The statement came after the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were freed early Tuesday and were on their way to Sofia.

The European Union, backed by France's first lady Cecilia Sarkozy, had pushed on Monday for an end to the eight-year ordeal of six foreign medics jailed for life for infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.


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