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Foreign ministry continues hunt for hostages in Somalia

Update: May, 25/2007 - 00:00

Foreign ministry continues hunt for hostages in Somalia

(25-05-2007)

HA NOI — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) was continuing efforts to secure the release of Vietnamese crewmen aboard two Korean fishing vessels hijacked off the coast of Somalia last week, said the ministry’s spokesman Le Dung yesterday.

The ministry met with representatives from the South Korean Embassy in Ha Noi and expressed concern over the three kidnapped Vietnamese sailors, said Dung.

"The ministry has asked the South Korean Government to take measures soon to address the issue to release the hostages," he said.

According to the South Korean embassy, all crew members from the ships were safe and in good health. An embassy official said Korean authorities have managed to contact the ships.

Four Koreans, 10 Chinese, four Indonesians and three Indians were also among the crews of the vessels, which had left Mombassa in Kenya for Yemen.

"MOFA has also suggested South Korean authorities take effective measures to warn and prevent their fishing vessels from going to Somali waters where the number of pirate attacks against foreign fishing vessels are on the rise recently," said Dung. — VNS

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