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Taliban: Demands not met for hostages

2011-01-01 12:35

Kabul - A Taliban spokesperson says France has not done enough to win the release of two French journalists kidnapped east of Kabul a year ago.

Zabiullah Mujahid said on Saturday that the two - Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier - were being held by the Taliban and that the French government had yet to respond to the group's unspecified demands "and that is why they are with us right now".

Mujahid said: "It is clear the French government has done nothing yet to cause both its citizens to be released."

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said freeing the journalists and six other French hostages around the world was an "absolute priority" of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Ghesquiere and Taponier were kidnapped on December 30, 2009.