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14 Nepalese taken hostage in Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2004-08-26 21:39:26

   KATHMANDU, Aug. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- At a time when 12 Nepalese have been taken hostage by a militant group in Iraq, another group of 14 Nepalese citizens, who entered into Iraq illegally, have been arrested in Iraq, the Nepali Foreign Ministry said here Thursday.

   "The Iraqi Embassy in New Delhi, which also looks after Nepal, informed that 14 Nepalese were arrested in Iraq, and we are trying to get detail information about them," the ministry said in a statement without giving details.

   Meanwhile, the Nepali government has sent a formal letter to the Iraqi government requesting it to initiate appropriate mediation to secure the release of Nepali hostages.

   "We have sent the letter to the Iraqi government keeping in view that the process of releasing Nepali hostages would be easier, if the Iraqi government initiates mediation," said Nepali Foreign Secretary Madhuraman Acharya.

   "We haven't received any response from the Iraqi militants so far," he said, adding that the Nepali government has already appealed to Iraqi militants directly or indirectly to release the Nepali hostages, who were not involved in any military assistance in Iraq.

   The 12 Nepalese kept hostages by the Iraqi insurgents in a video tape telecast by the well-known Arabian Al Jazeera
Television appealed to the Nepali government to initiate all possible steps to rescue them.

   They also appealed to the government to take stern action against the Moonlight Manpower Company, a foreign employment agent who forced them to go to Iraq despite their unwillingness to go there.

   According to a Xinhua report from Baghdad last Friday, about a dozen Nepalese workers were taken hostage in Iraq by a group of Heroic Mujahedeen (Islamic Fighters) on the night of Aug. 19-20, accusing them of assisting the US troops in Iraq.  Enditem 
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