Broad agreement over kidnapped Italian reached

The two Maoist mediators holding talks for release of Italian Paolo Bosusco have arrived at a "broad arrangement" on the rebels` demands.

Bhubaneswar: After word that there was
`broad arrangement` on fulfilling the demands of the rebels
for release of Italian Paolo Bosusco, the two Maoist mediators
today left after 10 days of talks stating that the Odisha
government needed time, but promised to be back when needed.

"The issues are complicated and the talks are yet to
yield result. Since the government needs more time to examine
the demands we need not wait here. We are returning,"
Maoist-nominated mediators, B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty
told reporters here.

They, however, said "Whenever the government needs our
assistance, we will be back.

"We appeal to Odisha State Organising Committee of CPI
(Maoist) to free the Italian on basic human considerations,"
they said.

They said that 13 demands made by the Maoists,
particularly operation `Green Hunt`, liquor and tourism and
acquisition of tribal land were discussed.

The talks began on March 22, but were held effectively
for five days and remained suspended for five. The mediators
had held a 90-minute meeting late last night on the demands
made by Maoists.

An official had said that though what exactly
transpired was not clear, both sides were believed to have
arrived at `some broad arrangement` on fulfilment of some of
the rebels` demands including release of ultras.

Home secretary UN Behera, who was leading the state
representatives in talks with rebel mediators, however, said
"Negotiations are on. We are examining the Maoist demands and
have apprised the mediators about the position."