Bot in talks over 'abducted' Dutch children
12 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot was to discuss the case of Dutch children Sara and Ammar with Syrian authorities in Damascus on Tuesday.
12 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot was to discuss the case of Dutch children Sara and Ammar with Syrian authorities in Damascus on Tuesday.
The two children have been staying at the Dutch embassy in the Syrian capital since the end of June after being taken to the country by their father.
At the start of October, a special ministry envoy discussed the issue in Damascus and the Syrian government said it would co-operate on finding a solution to the situation.
Sara and Ammar have a Dutch mother, who has custody of the children. But their Syrian father took them to his home country and wants them to stay there. Syrian law is in his favour.
But the children fled to the Dutch embassy in June. They are being cared for there and are undergoing education.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said no date for a solution to the situation could be given, but stressed that Bot will urge again for the full co-operation of Syrian authorities.
The aim is for the children to return to their Dutch mother.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
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