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Taliban: Negotiations for S. Korean hostages to continue


Source: | 08-28-2007 08:21

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard near a burning truck on the highway which links Ghazni with Kabul after it was set alight by Taliban insurgents. Talks were ongoing between South Korean officials and the Taliban to secure the release of 19 nationals kidnapped by the militants five weeks ago, a South Korean diplomat said Saturday.(AFP/Shah Marai)

Taliban militants will resume face-to-face talks with South Korean officials on the fate of 19 hostages they are holding.

Taliban spokesman, Qari Youef Ahmadi says talks will be held in the central Afghani town of Ghazni under the mediation of the International Red Cross. It's the fourth time the two sides will meet.

Ahmadi says the Taliban's demands are still the same the exchange of Taliban prisoners and evacuation of South Korean troops from Afghanistan.

Neither the Red Cross nor South Korean have confirmed the planned talks. The Taliban kidnapped 23 South Koreans last month two men have been killed and two women have been released.


Editor:Du Xiaodan