Manila responds to the demands of the kidnappers of the Philippine's hostage
Iraq-Philippines, Politics, 7/13/2004
Philippines has responded to the demands raised by the kidnappers of the Philippine's hostage Angelo De La Kroza and Philippine s deputy foreign minister announced in a statement read on the screen of al-Jazeera TV yesterday that Philippines will withdraw its soldiers from Iraq " as soon as possible."
The Philippines deputy foreign minister said addressing the kidnappers of the hostage: in response of your demand, the government of the Philippines will withdraw its forces from Iraq as soon as possible after completing preparations to return back to the Philippines." A grace period set by the " Islamic army" ended on Monday evening without news of the fate of the hostage.
On Sunday, Manila said that there is no change on its plan over withdrawing its humanitarian task force which is composed of 50 soldiers and due on August 20.
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