The deadline for the release of 10 hostages who have been held by Somali pirates for six weeks on a UN-chartered ship has passed.Maybe they got a better offer. Or perhaps they simply got cold feet. After all, piracy is a serious international crime...
Under a deal agreed with the hijackers on Friday, the ship was due to dock at the port of El Maan near the capital, Mogadishu, within three days.
But the fate of the MV Semlow, which was taking aid to Somali victims of the December tsunami, remains unclear.
UN officials say the pirates have not been in touch since the agreement.
The officials working for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) in Mogadishu say they do not know whether contact has broken down or not.
Abeyle Salah, a worker at the port, said: "They have been waiting for the ship since last night, but it has not come."
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
According to the BBC NEWS :