Liberation of hostages'still possible'

10th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 10 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Friday that the liberation of two journalists held hostage in Iraq remained "possible" and that all was being done to assure their release.

PARIS, Sept 10 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Friday that the liberation of two journalists held hostage in Iraq remained "possible" and that all was being done to assure their release.  

"I want simply to say with the usual concern for prudence and discretion that we are continuing to work and continue to think that their liberation is possible," he told journalists.  

"I want in particular to ask your (journalistic) colleagues to understand that the safety of our two compatriots depends especially on an attitude of prudence," he said.  

Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot wre kidnapped on August 20 by the Islamic Army in Iraq which initially demanded that France rescind its ban on the headscarf in schools.  

After an unprecedented campaign of condemnation from the Arab and Muslim worlds, the group seemed set to release the men but for the last week there has been no news.

The French government says it believes the men are in good health, but it has reined in its earlier optimism about their early release. The hostage-takers have said they will shortly announce their decision on the men's fate via the Internet.

© AFP

 

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