Dutch talk to Libya about captured helicopter crew

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Senior Dutch foreign and defence ministry officials are travelling to the Mediterranean to negotiate the release of three Dutch military personnel currently held by the Libyan authorities.

The delegation, led by the foreign ministry's top civil servant Ed Kronenberg, has made a first stop in Malta. It is not clear where the negotiations are being held. The ministry of defence in The Hague is refusing to comment on the mission.

The three-person helicopter crew was arrested by Libyan forces late last month in Sirte, northern Libya, during an attempt to evacuate a Dutch and a Swedish national who were caught up in the protests.


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