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Published on October 29, 2014
Interview given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to BFMTV (excerpts)

Abuja, October 27, 2014

Q. – Are there encouraging signs about the return of those young women kidnapped by Boko Haram?

THE MINISTER – It’s been confirmed to me that the ceasefire has indeed been signed, but I couldn’t be given a date for the girls’ release. I’m remaining very cautious. As has already happened before, dates have been given but unfortunately haven’t been respected.

You have to understand all the difficulties of this negotiation, conducted under the authority of the Chadian President, Mr Déby.
What does Boko Haram stand for? Are the girls still being held in the same place, or have they been dispersed? So it’s extraordinarily complicated, but the Nigerian government has confirmed to me that the ceasefire has been signed, and the hope is that the girls will be freed.

Let me add that in the meantime, in the past few weeks, Cameroonians and Chinese people have been released but conversely a number of people have been taken hostage. As you can see, the situation hasn’t stabilized at all. (…)./.

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