Cameron welcomes release of British couple

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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday welcomed the release of Paul and Rachel Chandler by Somali pirates after more than a year in captivity.

"Paul and Rachel Chandler's release is tremendous news," Cameron said in a statement.

"Their long captivity is over at last. We will ensure that they are reunited with their family as quickly as possible.

"I unreservedly condemn the actions of those that held the Chandlers for so long. Kidnapping is never justified.

"I am grateful to all those who have worked so hard to bring the Chandlers safely out."

The couple were captured by Somali pirates on their yacht near the Seychelles on October 23, 2009. They were released on Sunday after a 388-day kidnapping ordeal.

An AFP correspondent reported that the Chandlers arrived in Adado, a central Somali town near the Ethiopian border, after the pirates handed them over to the forces of the local self-proclaimed administration of Himan and Heeb.

The couple looked tired but happy as they were given mobile phones to make calls to their relatives as soon as they entered the safety of the compound housing the administration headquarters.


© 2010 AFP

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