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Georgia not ready to pay Somali pirates2010-11-09 13:53
As was reported by head of Batumi maritime administration Suliko Surmanidze, negotiations with Somali pirates on releasing 15 captured Georgian mariners have come to a dead-lock, so long as the pirates demand a million dollars from Tbilisi, Rosbalt reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Georgian sailors got into a difficult situation; however, their release is impossible in the nearest time, for the demanded amount does not satisfy the Georgian side", - he underlined.
Let us remind you that on September 8, Somali pirates captured tanker Oilb G flying the flag of Malta. Its crew consists of 15 Georgians and three citizens of Turkey. At the moment of attack, the vessel was inside the corridor that was earlier recommended to civil ships for traveling in the waters of the dangerous Gulf of Aden.
The last thing the crew noticed before being captured was a motor boat approaching the ship. After that, communication was lost. Commander of the Prinston American warship that was taking part in the anti-pirate operation sent a helicopter to the scene of action. The pilots noticed two pirates from the air on board of Oilb G.