Sri Lanka hostages freed from hijacked vessel
Mar 17, 2017 06:56 AM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Somali pirates who hijacked a small oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew had released them, following negotiations with the maritime police of autonomous state of Puntland, in an internationally co-ordinated effort.
"The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship," a former British army officer working for Oceans Beyond Piracy, a non-governmental organization, told AFP news agency.
"The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship. They made (the pirates) an offer they couldn't refuse and the pirates have left"
Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said the European Union, the US had helped co-ordinate the release.
Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva thanked the chief of staff of the President of Puntlad, Abdinasir Sofe, US and Sri Lankan diplomats for co-ordinating the effort.
"Huge thanks to @PuntlandP Gaas' Chief of Staff Abdinasir Sofe for coordinating w @SriLanka for safe return of crew," de Silva said in a twitter.com message.
"Also thanks to all who helped defuse the sudden tension during negotiations specially to @USAmbKeshap our Officers at @MFA_SriLanka.