Deal Reached on Hostages

Taliban, Seoul agree on terms, including withdrawal of troops
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 8:14 AM CDT
Deal Reached on Hostages
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, center, holds a national security meeting with senior officers regarding the 19 South Korean hostages' release in Afghanistan, at President House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Taliban militants in Afghanistan agreed to release 19 South Korean church...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Talks between the Taliban and the South Korean government have resulted in the outline of a deal to release the remaining 19 hostages held in Afghanistan for over a month. The agreement involves withdrawal of Korea's 200 noncombat troops and an end to missionary activity, CNN reports, but not payment of ransom. Their release may not be imminent.

The deal on the table does not involve the freeing of political prisoners, which the kidnappers had insisted on. The Taliban has already executed two of the aid workers and released two others from the group of 23 aid workers abducted July 19. (Read more Taliban stories.)

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