Latvia not to pay ransom for kidnapped aid workers

  • 2010-11-10
  • TBT Staff

RIGA - The Latvian foreign ministry has announced that it will not meet any ransom demands delivered by the gunmen that kidnapped two Latvian aid workers in Sudan last week.

"The [cabinet of] ministers also took a decision to refuse any ransom to the kidnappers if such should be demanded," a government press release said Wednesday.

The foreign ministry said any and all negotiations to free the hostages would be taken by the UN's World Food Program, for whom the two abducted helicopter pilots were working at the time.

As reported, two helicopter pilots working for a Latvian company, GM Helicopters, were abducted last week in the war torn Darfur region of Sudan.