"Way of Georgia" offered Saakashvili to pay ransom for the captive sailors
The Georgian opposition party "Way of Georgia" launched a new initiative related to the release of Georgian sailors held captive by Somali pirates. As reported by Trend, the party demand special presidential fund of Mikhail Saakashvili allocated one million dollars for the payment of ransom for the release of the captive Georgian sailors. This statement was made public by the leader of the youth wing of the party of Mamuka Baliashvili.
"To date we have not heard any serious statements about the measures taken to free the sailors, except statement of the President during teleconference on January 25" - said Baliashvili.
"That time Mikhail Saakashvili, said that he is working on this issue, but he can't speak openly on this subject. We should also note the statement of the Minister of Economy Vera Kobalia, who has emphasized that the state does not intends to pay the ransom" - said the representative of the party "Way of Georgia".
Recall, September 8, 2010, Somali pirates captured the Maltese tanker "Oilb G", which was carrying 13 Georgians and three citizens of Turkey in the Gulf of Aden. In exchange for the release of sailors pirates demanded a ransom of one million dollars. The Georgian side failed to collect the necessary sum.
Family members of Georgian sailors has demanded the government to step up diplomatic resources of the country and to force the owner of the ship to rescue the crew. They have also appealed to President Mikhail Saakashvili.