KyivPost

Foreign Ministry: Kyiv in talks with Syrian rebels on release of Ukrainian journalist

Print version
Nov. 13, 2012, 4:44 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva.
© glavnoe.ua

Negotiations on the release of Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva in Syria are continuing, but their details are not being disclosed for the safety of the Ukrainian woman, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.

"The negotiations are now ongoing, and it's inexpedient to disclose their details in the interests of the Ukrainian citizen," the director of the ministry's information policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

He said that the Syrian rebels had made "certain demands," which the ministry cannot disclose.

"They are putting forward certain conditions, and we are now trying to find an opportunity to satisfy them," Voloshyn said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman added that Kyiv sees a video address by the detained journalist as an attempt to put additional pressure on Ukraine by those who are holding her.

As reported, on October 15, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told Interfax-Ukraine that gunmen had kidnapped a Ukrainian woman in Syria, who went to the country as a translator for the crew of a Russian television channel.

On October 15, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and other concerned government agencies to take measures to release Kochneva.

On November 8, a video with the kidnapped journalist was posted on the Web site of the Free Syrian Army. In the video that lasts 15 seconds, she said in Arabic: "My name is Anhar. I am located in Homs now, and I urge the Ukrainian and the Russian Embassy, and also the Syrian government, to fulfill the kidnappers' demands."

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.