I appeal to the captors of the three Red Cross workers to spare the lives of these humanitarian advocates.
Eugenio Vagni, Andreas Notters and Marie Jean Lacaba do not deserve to be where they are now. They are non-combatants and should be treated as neutrals by everyone. I urge their captors to show compassion. I call on them to immediately release the hostages.
I appeal to our armed forces to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the lives of the three Red Cross workers. Let us show the world our willingness to sacrifice gains, which our soldiers have won at great cost, in order to ensure a peaceful resolution of this unfortunate episode in the life of our nation.