The EU echoed Bulgaria's sentiments, with European Commission President Jose Barroso and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner issuing a joint statement [text] saying they hoped for a solution that would return the medics to the EU as soon as possible. Before news of the commutation broke, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters [transcript] that the US still believes "these nurses and medics should be allowed to return to their own home country immediately." EUobserver has more.
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