Netherlands want money back for hostage from "Doctors without borders""

Netherlands want money back for hostage from The Dutch government has sued the Swiss branch of the international humanitarian organization mГ©decins sans frontiГЁres (MSF), demanding to return million euros. This amount was provided by MSF to pay ransom for captured August 12, 2002 in Makhachkala, the head of the mission in the North Caucasus Ariana of Erkel after his 20-month stay in captivity. Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands said that since the money was issued in the form of loans with mandatory return, but the Director of the Swiss branch of MSF Christian Capte categorically disagree, emphasizing that any loan it never was. "It's not about the money," said Capte. "We have mobilized 15 people in search of Ariana and spent a lot more money than was paid as ransom. Invalid in this case is the fact that a democratic government pursued the policy never to negotiate with terrorists and not to pay the ransom, begins to pursue non-governmental organization, in order to save its face," he continued. Capte also noted that he does not understand why the government of the Netherlands starts to complain to MSF instead of demand from Russia catching criminals, which are still not found. Swiss Radio International (Russian text Mednovosti.ru).



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