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Georgian mariners captured by pirates may be released any minute2011-02-14 16:30
The families of 15 Georgian mariners who have been kept prisoners by Somali pirates for six months hope to see them at home at last, Novosti-Georgia reports. This was reported by father of one the prisoners, Director of Greenwich-21st Company Sergo Devadze.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"We've got information that the situation is developing and each day we expect a report on our mariners' liberation", - he stated.
It turns out that the affair with the captured sailors, for whom the pirates demanded a ransom from one to fifteen million dollars according to various sources, has moved off dead center where it stuck last September when the sailors of MV OLIB G trade cargo vessel flying the flag of Malta were captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. This made representatives of the Georgian side go to ship owners in Greece to settle the issue of the ransom. It is not, however, specified who went to Greece and whether the pirates' conditions will be met. Nevertheless, in all appearances, some measures have been taken, for the pirates started treating the prisons better.
"Several days ago, there was a phone contact with the captured who said that their treatment by the pirates grew a bit better", - the father of the prisoner informed.
Nevertheless, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Nino Kalandadze declared that her administration has got no official information regarding the sailors' fate.
"We are fulfilling our obligations as hard as we can, though our capabilities are limited", - Kalandadze remarked, having said that the Georgian MFA keeps no contact with the pirates but only with the ship owner.