Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: everything must be done to free the 200 kidnapped children in Nigeria


At today's meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, European Union foreign policy leaders expressed their deep concern over the recent terrorist attacks in the northern part of Nigeria, during which more than 200 girls were kidnapped, and which has caused terrible suffering for the local population.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the European Union foreign ministers condemned the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in the city of Chibok in north-east Nigeria on April 14. “This is an extremely brutal and inhuman crime; it is an assault on human dignity and human rights. The organizers of this crime must be punished,” he said.
Foreign Minister Paet stated that the European Union is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children, and is prepared to support Nigerian authorities in the fight against terrorism by sending experts to help solve the case.

On May 11 French President Francois Hollande invited African leaders to the Paris summit to discuss the security situation in the western part of Africa, focusing on the Islamic sect Boko Haram.

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