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Relatives of captured Georgian seamen want to see Saakashvili2011-01-06 18:07
Relatives of the Georgian seamen captured by Somali pirates in early September seek a meeting with president Mikheil Saakashvili.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As Ekho Kavkaza reports with reference to chairman of Georgian sea trade union Anatoly Chikhavadze the relatives of the kidnapped sailors ask the head of the Georgian state for help. Chikhavadze emphasizes that he does not consider direct intervention of the country leaders in the situation as necessary. "I don't know what help the president can provide. I don't think this issue must be solved at state level. Business community and well-off patriots must help the seamen. Public donations of one lari won't be enough to collect the required amount", - he said.
"The lawyers hired by the Greek ship-owner take part in confidential talks with the pirates. It is believed the pirates will meet the lawyers only when the required amount is on hand", - Chikhavadze added.
The tanker with Georgian sailors onboard was captured on September 8, 2010. When talks on the ransom amount reached a deadlock, the company owning the ship offered it as a ransom but the pirates turned it down. After that they threatened to kill crew members and sink the ship in case the ransom was not paid.
It will be remembered the pirates have already proposed that Georgian authorities buy out their citizens for a USD 1 mln ransom but official Tbilisi ignored the initiative. Earlier it was reported that the aggressors were extremely violent with the captives beating and starving them.