France committed to bringing Bulgarian medics home

20th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

SOFIA, July 20, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy remains committed to bringing six medical workers sentenced to life in prison in Libya back to Bulgaria, the Bulgarian presidency said Friday.

SOFIA, July 20, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy remains committed to bringing six medical workers sentenced to life in prison in Libya back to Bulgaria, the Bulgarian presidency said Friday.

In a telephone call with his Bulgarian counterpart Georgy Parvanov late Thursday, "the French president confirmed his commitment to solving the problem of the Bulgarian health workers as well as France's resolve to continue efforts to return them to Bulgaria," the presidency said in a statement.

It added "the two presidents agreed to remain in constant contact in the next few days and to keep each other informed" about developments in the case of the six medics, whose death sentences for infecting Libyan children with the HIV virus were commuted to life in prison Tuesday. 

Sarkozy also spoke on the phone with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi late Thursday about his planned visit to Libya "in the context of a hopeful release of the Bulgarian nurses and doctor and the settling once and for all of this painful problem of infected Libyan children," French presidential spokesman David Martinon said Thursday in Paris.

He also mentioned the phone call between Parvanov and Sarkozy during which "they exchanged information on the latest standing of the case."

Bulgaria on Thursday officially requested the transfer from Libya of the five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor who was recently granted Bulgarian nationality.

Libya's highest judicial body commuted their original death sentences after a multi-million dollar compensation deal was hammered out with victims' families.


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