Algeria - world must stop paying ransoms
Algiers - Algeria says it wants the world to stop paying ransom to hostage-takers, just as terrorism is growing in the desert Sahel region.
The official Algerian press agency says Rezzag Bara, the terrorism adviser to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, held talks on Sunday and Monday with Britain's Robin Searby, in which he also warned of the risks conflict in neighbouring Libya had to the stability of the Sahel region.
Searby is special terrorism counsellor for the region to the British prime minister's office.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is active in the vast desert area and currently holds four French hostages.
AQIM terrorists and pirates off Somalia are among those who thrive on millions of dollars in ransom payments for the release of their captives.