Palestinian Foreign Minister says “Johnston still alive.”

In answer to questioning by Sir Robert Atkins, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Delegation, at a special European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Palestine’s Foreign Minister Dr Ziyad Abu Amr, declared that he believed that BBC reporter Alan Johnston was still alive.

The Minister commented:

“I am convinced that this is a criminal kidnap rather than one of political origin and I am very hopeful of a satisfactory resolution sooner rather than later.”

Sir Robert had queried whether there was any hope or expectation on the part of the Palestine Government and what efforts were being made to resolve the impasse of Mr Johnston’s kidnapping.

Sir Robert declared:

“We must keep up the pressure in the European Parliament and elsewhere.”

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