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Please, donate to save Georgian sailors!2010-11-22 17:10
Georgian trade unions started raising money to ransom the sailors captured by Somali pirates. Georgian government has been holding negotiations with the Greek ship owner for four months but never managed to compensate the sum demanded by the pirates even partially. According to the officials, the point at issue is one million dollars, the ship owner being ready to pay 350 thousand. The Georgian sailors' union does not see any other way out than raising money. Still, editor of Maritime Bulletin Mikheil Voytenko believes the people's initiative to be rather dangerous, so long as the pirates may raise the ransom price.
Today, at a press-conference, Georgian trade council announced the establishment of Solidarity Foundation to save 15 Georgian mariners captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Two days ago, the captors promised to kill the hostages if the ransom is not paid today, on November 19. However, it was reported in the morning that the execution was delayed until tomorrow. On that day, the pirates will start killing the crew one by one.
As was reported by GeorgiaTimes, the Somali pirates demand just one million dollars for 15 people. Such amount was stated by head of Batumi Maritime Administration Suliko Surmanidze when he was explaining the relatives why Tbilisi cannot afford buying out its citizen. Now, clouds are piling up above Surmanidze: Minister of Economy Veronika Kobalia is going to carry out several replacements in his administration.
Later on, the ship owner, Greek company FRIO VENTURES was reported to be ready to pay 350 thousand dollars, thus Tbilisi has got to pay only 650 thousand. According to other sources, the pirates demand three million dollars instead of one.
The Solidarity Foundation establishers do not know how much money they will have to raise to ransom the Georgians that have got in trouble. Negotiations with Flint and Jack Sparrow's followers are held by the ship owner's attorney. Foreign Ministry is closely contacting the Greeks but does not reveal the details of the talks. According to Chairman of the Georgian trade council Anatoly Chidzhavadze, no one but the diplomats knows how much the Somali are demanding, while the sums voiced by the press are spun out of thin air.