Germany demands release ofRussian school hostages

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2 September 2004 , BERLIN - The German government on Thursday called for the unconditional release of hostages being held in a southern Russian school. "There can be reasons which could ever justify taking schoolchildren as hostages and threatening them with death," said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in a statement. "The German government calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages," said Fischer. About 20 heavily armed terrorists in southern Russia are holding more than 350 childr

2 September 2004

BERLIN - The German government on Thursday called for the unconditional release of hostages being held in a southern Russian school.

"There can be reasons which could ever justify taking schoolchildren as hostages and threatening them with death," said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in a statement.

"The German government calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages," said Fischer.

About 20 heavily armed terrorists in southern Russia are holding more than 350 children and adults hostage at a school.

They are threatening to kill the hostages if Moscow does not meet demands for a military withdrawal from nearby Chechnya and the release of their jailed comrades.

In a related development, criticism continued over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's failure to publicly criticise Russian policies in Chechnya.

Members of the Greens party which serve as Schroeder's junior coalition partner, called on the Chancellor to be more outspoken over human rights and other violations in Chechnya.

A senior member of Schroeder's Social Democratic Party (SPD), Gernot Erler, said in a WDR radio interview that the German leader had held back criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting earlier this week because it would have been inappropriate after the apparent terrorist bombings of two Russian passenger aircraft.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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