International press federation appealsfor release of French reporters

30th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Aug 30 (AFP) - The International Federation of Journalists urged Iraqi militants holding two French journalists hostage to exercise restraint Monday, as efforts continued to free them in the teeth of an imminent deadline.

BRUSSELS, Aug 30 (AFP) - The International Federation of Journalists urged Iraqi militants holding two French journalists hostage to exercise restraint Monday, as efforts continued to free them in the teeth of an imminent deadline.  

"This is a critical moment in which diplomatic efforts are needed to solve the crisis," said IFJ head Aidan White. "Meanwhile, we appeal for restraint and humanity by those who have kidnapped our colleagues," he added.  

The Islamic Army of Iraq, which wants France to revoke a controversial law banning the Islamic headscarf in state schools, issued a 48-hour ultimatum to France over the headscarf ban late Saturday.  

The French government has sent Foreign Minister Michel Barnier on an emergency mission to the Middle East to try to secure their release, and a top diplomat had been dispatched to Baghdad.  

"The taking of unarmed civilians and using them like this is intolerable," said White.

"Everything must be done to find a way of resolving differences without resorting to this type of political terror."

 

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