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I thought the US Governments policy was to never to negotiate with terrorists



Kamran Reza Chowdhury
bdnews24.com correspondent

Dhaka, Dec 24 (bdnews24.com)--The US government has suggested that the government should negotiate with the Somali pirates by paying ransom for the release of 26 Bangladeshis on board the hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni.

The state department also told Dhaka that the Somali pirates would be interested in releasing the captives with comparatively less amount of money as it's a "lean season" for the captors.

Washington also revealed that "money was the sole objective" behind the hostage taking.

The state department made the suggestions as Bangladesh government sought US support for the release of the hostages.

On Dec 15, the state department's bureau of South and Central Asia gave the suggestion to Bangladesh mission in Washington.

First secretary M J H Jabed was present at the meeting, which was also attended by counter-terrorism adviser Erik Pye, senior naval adviser Captain Jeffrey D Frederick and counter-piracy officer William P Astillero.

bdnews24.com obtained a copy of the letter containing US suggestion, which was sent by the Bangladesh mission.

"At this monsoon time when the pirates pass through a lean phase, they are more eager for an early flow of money even if that is less than their expectation," said the letter.

"Bangladesh should take advantage of that and approach the right intermediary for settling the issue," it said.

"We sought opinion from the US government and they gave it. We are yet to decide about it," shipping minister Shajahan Khan told bdnews24.com on Friday.

He said the government would continue its efforts to secure the release of the captives.

"We support the efforts of the government of Bangladesh to secure the safe return of the crew of the hijacked vessel," US embassy spokesperson Patricia Hill told bdnews24.com on Friday.

Media reports suggest that the Somali pirates usually release the hostages in exchange for thousands of dollars as ransom.

Foreign minister Dipu Moni last week told journalists that no state could pay ransom in any case.

There are instances that the pirates killed hostages as the vessel owners did not pay ransom. In 2007, the pirates killed a Chinese national as the owners refused to pay the ransom, according to Wikipedia.

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The radical Islam says they want to destroy our way of life...they better hurry because a certain person is going to beat them too it....


This fits in perfectly with their policies towards people that don't like us.
 

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Just another way to send money back to the home land. Its not Kenya but close enough
 
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