Thursday, December 2

The US will not negotiate the $ 17 million that Haitian kidnappers demand to free American missionaries

Psaki stressed that the goal is to “bring home” the hostages.

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The government of the USA made clear the position of not negotiating with the group’s Haitian kidnappers 400 Mawozo, who are holding hostages 16 American missionaries and a Canadian, who asked for $ 17 million to release them.

Through a press conference, White House spokeswoman Jen PsakiHe stressed that he does not value the millionaire amount demanded by the criminal group that has held foreign citizens captive since last Saturday on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

She indicated that not negotiating with the Haitian kidnappers continues to be the policy, and was emphatic that the objective is “Bring them home”; however, he did not provide details with the intention of protecting the integrity of the hostages.

Meanwhile, the Haitian Minister of Justice, Liszs Quitel, pointed this Tuesday to The Wall Street Journal that both the Haitian police and the FBI are in contact with the 400 Mawozo kidnappers.

Quitel said in statements to CNN that the kidnappers had first contacted Christian Aid Ministries a las 4:43 p.m. (hora local) Saturday to inform them of the details of a possible rescue, adding that there have been more communications in recent days.

It further revealed that the FBI, which has already sent agents to the city and the Haitian police negotiators advise the religious group on the next steps.

However the FBI Despite having agents on the island, it is not leading the negotiations with the Haitian kidnappers nor has it contacted 400 Mawozo, but as stated by Quitel, they are already warned about the possible consequences if the hostages end up being attacked.

The kidnapping of the 17 people was confirmed on Sunday, and it was known that the group of Haitian kidnappers was made up of five men, seven women and five minors.

On the people who have been abducted, it is found an 8-month-old baby, 3- and 6-year-old children, and 14- and 15-year-old adolescents.

According to figures from Human Rights Research Analysis Center (CARDH), Haiti recorded in September 177 kidnappings and since the beginning of the year, 628 kidnappings have been reported in Haiti, including 29 foreign hostages of three nationalities.

With information from EFE Agency

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