Vienna, 9 May 2013 Press release

Austrian hostage in Yemen released

Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Federal Chancellor are pleased about the positive outcome

9.5.2013 – The head of the crisis management committee, Secretary General Johannes Kyrle, informed the public today of the release of Dominik Neubauer, the Austrian citizen abducted in Yemen on 21 December 2012 together with two Finnish hostages. "Today is a day of relief and joy for Dominik Neubauer and his family. We share their happiness and relief that these long months of uncertainty are over and that we have succeeded in bringing Dominik home safely and in good health", Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger said. Dominik Neubauer and the two Finnish citizens have already reached Austria and are in medical care.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed that the safety and physical integrity of the released hostages had always been the focus of all the efforts made. "We made use of all political channels and options of diplomacy available to us to bring this case to a positive solution, and we have achieved our goal. One of these channels has proven to be successful. The personal support of his Majesty, the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and his government has brought about the release of the hostages.

The Austrian citizen is in good health under the circumstances. "In the final days, Dominik Neubauer was looked after by an Austrian team in Oman, and today he and the two Finnish citizens were flown to Austria where they are currently in medical and psychological care", the Chancellor said.

Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor took the opportunity to thank the Finnish and Yemenite partners, the members of the Federal Government, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, the crisis management committee and the Austrian army for their cooperation over the past few months. "Safety is teamwork. We would like to thank all the parties involved, and the Sultanate of Oman in particular, for their support in our efforts to have Dominik Neubauer released. We would also like to thank all employees of the ministries involved and especially the team of the Foreign Ministry: Secretary General Johannes Kyrle who managed the crisis management committee, and the specialised team in Yemen led by Ambassador Gregor Kössler. They were working untiringly and have contributed an important share to this happy conclusion."

A statement of Secretary Johannes Kyrle on the liberation of Austrian hostage Dominik N. in Yemen is available here as an MP-3 file .

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