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Red Cross says it wasn’t part of negotiations for Chibok girls’ release

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Red Cross says it wasn’t part of negotiations for Chibok girls’ release

The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has discredited reports that it was part of the negotiation that led to the release of the 82 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram.

Ms Aleksandra Mosimann, the Communication Coordinator of ICRC, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Mosimann said ICRC only transferred the 82 Chibok girls with the agreement of both the government of Nigeria and the armed terror group.

She explained that the girls were handed over to the Red Cross by Boko Haram, and then subsequently handed them over to the military.

ICRC is a worldwide recognised neutral intermediary, and it’s participation in the negotiation process would be contrary to the political and neutral nature of its work, she said.

She added that in October 2016, ICRC also transferred 21 Chibok girls and a baby released by Boko Haram to Nigerian authorities, but was not involved in the negotiation that led to their release.

“The neutral intermediary by ICRC is an indication of the trust that parties to the conflict place on us,” Mosimann said.

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