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German Plea Over Sahara Tourists

Germany’s foreign minister has held talks with the Algerian president on efforts to find 32 European tourists, believed to have been kidnapped during excursions in the Sahara desert. Joschka Fischer said he hoped the tourists would return home quickly “safe and sound” and stressed that his government did not want a “solution by force” to free them. But he declined to give details about his talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. German delegation sources revealed on Monday that a 16th German was among the missing tourists, along with 10 Austrians, four Swiss, one Dutch citizen and a Swede – a total of 32. Some of them have been missing since February. Mr Fischer’s trip underscored the growing European pressure for the Algerian authorities to resolve the mystery surrounding the tourists’ fate. They were in six or seven separate groups, and all were travelling without guides. Some were crossing the Sahara by motorbike. Full Story

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