Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on the hostage situation in the Philippines

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja is closely monitoring the hostage situation in the Philippines. On 17 July Mr Tuomioja communicated with Finland’s special representative in the Philippines, Mr Kimmo Pulkkinen.

Mr Tuomioja is delighted with the news of the release of Mrs Renate Wallert of Germany. This gives hope for the release of the two Finnish as well as all the other hostages in the near future. Finland aims at a simultaneous and speedy release of the captives.

The representatives of Finland, Germany and France remain in constant and close dialogue with each other and the Philippine authorities.

For more information, please contact Mr Aleksi Härkönen, tel: 040 – 511 1647.