Consensus likely on Paolo release talks

Bhubaneswar: The final phase of the dialogues between the government and the two Maoist-nominated mediators to secure the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco held captive by the ultras since March 14 today ened at the State Guest House here. The three officials who represented the government were Upendranath Behera, Home Secrtetary, P K Jena, Panchayatiraj Secretary, and Santosh Sarangi, Secretary, SC/ST Welfare while the two Maoist representatives were B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty. The talks had begun on March 22.

In a written statement both the sides claimed to have arrived at common consensus on crucial issues relating to the release of the Maoist demands to free the Italian tour operator held hostage by the Odisha state unit of the CPI(Maoist). "The talks have ended on a good note and both the sides have agreed on quite a number of issues,"said Upendranath Behera, Home Secretary, addressing a joint press conference after the talks were over.

The governmnt officials during the talks informed the two mediators that the process has begun to facilitate the release of five prisoners out of six persons named by the Maoists to secure the freedom of Paolo. The two mediators have once again appealed the abductors of Paolo to soon release the Italian national.