Anti-government rebels freed a kidnapped French couple in Klerdey, Burma on November 25.
GV Soldier on guard at Karen National Liberation Army camp in Klerdey, Burma.
SV Red Cross officials waiting.
SVs The Karen National Union hands French couple Jacques Bossu and his wife, Martine over. (2 SHOTS)
SVs General Gladstone Shwe Min, speaking as French couple and Red Cross officials look on. (English SOT) (3 SHOTS)
SV Couple walking with military.
SV Couple posing with President of KNU (Karen National Union).
SV Couple talking to newsmen. (French SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: SHWE MIN: (SEQ 5) "As assigned by the President of the Kawthoolei, I hand over these French couple to International Commission of Red Cross on this day of twenty-fifth of November, 1983."
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Background: Anti-government rebels freed a kidnapped French couple in Klerdey, Burma on November 25. Engineer Jacques Bossu and his wife, Martine, were released unharmed by the Karen National Union (KNU) which has been fighting for an independent Karen state in Burma for the past thirty-five years. The couple were handed over to International Red Cross representatives at a ceremony in a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) camp in Klerdey by the Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed Kawthoolei Government, General Gladstone Shwe Min. The Karens captured the couple on October 15. They demanded that France stop all aid to Burma as a condition for their release, but they admitted the French Government had not met any of their demands. "We decided to free them on humanitarian grounds and to show the world we are not terrorists", said the President of the Kawthoolei Government, General Bo Mya. Asked by newsmen whether they felt they had been in any danger during their captivity, the couple said there had been moments when they had, but not many.