Summary: 24 July 2007, Brussels - Upon arrival with the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor in Sofia, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner made the following statement:
"I heartily welcome the Libyan government's decision to transfer the Bulgarian medical personnel to Bulgaria. I share the joy of their families and friends and of the government and people of Bulgaria.
For over eight years, we have never forgotten the suffering of the medical staff who have shown such dignity and fortitude during their long ordeal.
This excellent outcome is the result of sustained joint efforts by the EU bringing together the Bulgarian authorities, consecutive EU presidencies, and a number of other Member States. This demonstrates the value of concerted EU action. The EU will always work tirelessly for justice for its citizens.
This decision will open the way for a new and enhanced relationship between the EU and Libya and reinforce our ties with the Mediterranean region and the whole of Africa.
At the same time, my thoughts are also with the Benghazi children and their families, and I will continue to give my support to them all."