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UK Foreign Secretary Statement On Iraq Hostages

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)

Statement on Hostage in Iraq, By Foreign Secretary David Milliband

"Hostage taking is a disgusting crime which is never justified. The latest message from the hostage takers, in the form of a letter and video, will cause deep distress and concern to the families of the five men. As in the case of previous messages from the hostage takers, the Government emphasises the humanitarian appeal of the families for the men's release.

"The Foreign Office is in close contact with the men's families to offer all possible support. We are also in close contact with the Iraqi Government and with others in Iraq who recognise the need to find a way forward. Our officials in Iraq continue to be ready to work with anyone prepared to help in this case.

"Over the last six months, more and more people in Iraq have rejected violence and entered the political process. There is still a long way to go. We will continue to work with all those who seek peace and reconciliation.

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