Mediators suspend talks on Italian hostage

Maoist mediators allege Odisha government is buying time.

Written by Agencies | Bhubaneswar | Published: March 28, 2012 9:43:10 pm

Maoist mediators in the parleys for the release of Italian Paolo Bosusco tonight alleged Odisha government was buying time and suspended talks with a warning that it would be responsible if any harm was caused to the hostage.

“Talks have been suspended. There has been delay in resolving the issue as Odisha government is buying time instead of sincerely responding to the demands of the Maoists,” mediators B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty told reporters here.

They said there was no agreement on any of the 13 demands given by the Maoists during talks with the state government representatives led by Home Secretary U N Behera and under the circumstances it was pointless to continue the negotiations.

They also warned the state government would be responsible if any harm is caused to the 54-year-old Italian Puri-based tour operator who is in captivity since March 14.

Another Italian Claudio Colangelo,61,was freed on Sunday by the rebels.

Sharma and Mohanty termed as “unfortunate” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s claim that some additional demands had been made and maintained there are only 13 demands which had earlier been placed before the government.

Patnaik had earlier said the state government had received some additional demands from the mediators which were being examined.

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