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"No ransom" for hostages: UK's Cameron

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:28

UK Prime Minister Cameron says major economies should stick to agreement not to pay hostage ransoms, a day after second American journalist beheaded by IS. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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--STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES -- A mother's plea for her son's life. Shirley Sotloff calls on the leader of the Islamic State to spare her son Steven's life. Days later he is beheaded. Against the backdrop of anguish and the looming threat of the Islamic State, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron says G8 countries should never pay ransoms for hostages. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE CONTINUES OVER SHOT OF MP MENZIES CAMPBELL NODDING) "There's no doubt in my mind that the many tens of millions of dollars that ISIL have raised from ransom payments is going into promoting terrorism, including terrorism affecting our own country." His comments come a day after Sotloff was beheaded by a man with a British accent who also issued a threat against a British hostage. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE CONTINUES OVER SHOT OF MP MENZIES CAMPBELL NODDING) "At the G8 I launched an initiative to try to get other counties to sign up to a very clear doctrine that in the case of terrorist kidnap no ransom should be paid. Britain continues with this policy, America continues with this policy, but we need to redouble the efforts to make sure that other countries are good to their word." U.S. and European officials have said that France, Spain and Italy have tolerated or facilitated ransom payments for citizens held in Syria.

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"No ransom" for hostages: UK's Cameron

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:28