Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:55:33 GMT

Talks to solve hostage crisis will start soon: Maoist mediator

Talks between Maoist mediators and those of the Odisha government are expected to start soon to resolve the Italian hostage crisis, according to Dandapani Mohanty, one of the two negotiators chosen by the ultras.


Talks to solve hostage crisis will start soon: Maoist mediator

Mohanty said the Maoists would not wait for another mediator for talks to start.

"Talks with the Odisha government representatives will begin very soon without waiting for the third negotiator to be chosen by the abductors," Mohanty said.

B D Sharma, another rebel-nominated negotiator, is likely to arrive here shortly, he said, adding the modalities for talks would be worked out soon after his arrival.

"In the meantime, the Maoists may nominate their third negotiator if they want," Mohanty said.

Talks to end the hostage crisis have failed to take off so far in view of the inability on the part of the Maoists to fix negotiators, official sources said.

They said two of the mediators, named by the rebels, had declined to be part of the process.

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