Captured Dutch helicopter crew is well

8th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The helicopter crew captured at the end of February in Libya during an evacuation mission are fine and are being treated well, Minister of Defence Hans Hillen has told parliament.

The Dutch ambassador in Libya spoke to the three Dutch soldiers very recently. A spokesperson for the minister declined to give further details about what was said and where the soldiers are located.

Minister Hillen says the families of the soldiers are being kept informed about the situation. Meanwhile intensive diplomatic efforts to get the three release are continuing. A delegation of top civil servants has travelled to the Mediterranean region to negotiate the release of the three soldiers.

The three soldiers were captured during a failed evauation mission from Dutch naval ship HNLMS Tromp in the town of Sirte by a pro-government militia. Before the crew could pick up the two evacuees, a Dutchman and a Swede, they were seized. The two evacuees were allowed to leave the country via the Dutch embassy.

Back in the Netherlands, there has been fierce criticism of the failed mission.

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