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Reasonable optimism about the fate of Dutch military hostages in Libya

The fate of the Dutch soldiers held in Libya could be resolved. At least that is the feeling of some diplomats. " I have good hope. We are optimistic, reasonably optimistic » said a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity. The Libyan government is balancing between two options: one harsh, keeping the military as a human shield or object of negotiation, for example the opening of international mediation, the other more conciliatory, making a gesture of international goodwill, possibly against compensation or a political statement.

NB: the negotiations at Dutch level are led by Ed Kronenburg, a good local expert on Libya, and he received assistance from Italian diplomacy, according to Dutch international radio.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).