Philippine kidnappers want talks with governments

Thursday June 29 by Claudia bourneABC News
Islamic rebels holding 20 mostly foreign hostages in the southern Philippines called for the first time for talks with the captives' governments to resolve the 68-day hostage ordeal. Rebel chief Galib Andang, speaking to Filipino reporters, stressed the need to end the long running saga, saying the physical condition of their captives was "no longer good." "These hostages should have been released long ago if the Philippine government had not got itself involved," Andang said on Thursday, speaking in a local dialect. "We would have been talking long ago with the countries whose nationals are our hostage."

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