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Georgian sailors unaffordable for budget2010-11-11 20:30
Georgian government keeps bargaining with the Somali pirates. It has succeeded in lowering the cost of the fifteen captured Oilb G tanker mariners from one million dollars per each to one million dollars for the whole crew. Nevertheless, this amount turned out to be too high a price for the Georgian citizens' lives. Graduates of Batumi Naval Academy can be sure that the state does not need them.
Neighbouring the Somali pirates is not the most pleasant thing in the world. The uneducated barbarians relieve themselves where they eat and spend their day chewing Arabian tea, a crop-based drug.
15 Georgian and three Turkish mariners have already spent two months in a company like that, their imprisonment evidently to last for indefinite time. Tanker Oilb G flying the flag of Malta was captured on September 8. The crew was disembarked and locked in a cellar; sometimes the sailors are allowed to call their relatives. They say the pirates are sparing food and water. There is awful insanitation in the cellar; conflicts started.
The sailors' relatives ran out of patience and came out to the building of Upper Council of Adzharia. There, they talked to Zurab Beridze, an officer of the Adzharian government chairman's office, who persuaded them to wait a bit more.
Georgian authorities that initially laid the entire responsibility upon the ship's owner FRIO VENTURES Greek company are no longer trying to conceal that the term of releasing the captured Georgians depend on Tbilisi's generosity.
Initially, the Somalis demanded an incredible sum of 15 million dollars, i.e. a million per man. This money would not be paid even for Mikheil Saakashvili's life, not to mention some unknown sailors. The Somalis overestimated poor Georgia's financial ties with the rich USA and drove down the price to one million dollars for the crew.
The Greek company has also brought forward its conditions: 75 thousand dollars that has grown up to 150 thousand for all the prisoners. The bargaining goes on and it is yet unclear where the whole affair will get.