Exit question dominates the Philippine negotiations

The question of exit for captors now dominates the Philippine hostage negotiations, said former Finnish Ambassador to the Philippines, Pertti Majanen, shortly after his return to Helsinki. In a press conference on Tuesday, Majanen repeated the Finnish goverment´s stand that ransom will not be paid under any circumstances and that includes any financial transactions through Finnish development aid. The European Union is already the biggest donor in the Southern Philippines.