Boeve's return cost EUR 600,000
19 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Not too many people were happy to hear world traveller Stefaan Boeve insist that he "will certainly be going back" to Iran.
19 September 2007
BRUSSELS – Not too many people were happy to hear world traveller Stefaan Boeve insist that he "will certainly be going back" to Iran.
Just after landing at Melsbroek the freed hostage declared that he wants to return to the site of the kidnapping to retrieve his jeep. The Foreign Affairs Ministry advises tourists not to visit this particular area because it is dangerous.
It is difficult to calculate exactly how much the Boeve affair has cost the taxpayer, but the total is in the area of EUR 600,000. To start Minister De Gucht will donate EUR 500,000 to a programme to combat drugs in the region where Boeve was kidnapped, "in gratitude for the good cooperation." This gift would not have been made otherwise.
To this must be added the flight and accommodation costs for the Belgian negotiators in Tehran. And on top of that the Defence department sent Foreign Affairs Minister Karel de Gucht a bill for EUR 28,369 last week for the flight of a military aircraft from Brussels to Tehran and then back again to transport Boeve last Saturday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news