Video of British hostage in Iraq aired on Arabic TV

An Arabic TV channel continued Wednesday to air a video purporting to show one of five British hostages abducted in Iraq last May while a British government spokesman rejected the principle of negotiating with kidnappers.

Video of British hostage in Iraq aired on Arabic TV
Dubai-based al-Arabiya satellite TV channel first aired the footage Tuesday showing a man who gave his name as Peter.

"I miss my family and all I want is to get out of here," the man said.

He appealed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to respond to his abductors' demand that nine people held by the coalition forces in Iraq be released.

"Release the people they want and we will be out of here," the man said.

Al-Arabiya said the Britons were held by a group called the Islamic Shiite Resistance in Iraq. They were abducted from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance on May 29 by men wearing police uniforms.

The Britons worked for a Canadian security company contracted by the US government, according to al-Arabiya.

The spokesman for the British government in the Middle East, Jon Wilks, told the Arabic channel that no negotiations would be held with the abductors.

"We reject kidnapping as a means to achieve political aims," Wilks said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 13:20