Abu Sayyaf want De Castro in talks

Veep close to Arroyo, say Sulu abductors.

MANILA, Philippines—The kidnappers of the three aid workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are ready to negotiate for the release of their captives and want Vice President Noli de Castro to lead the talks.

Albader Parad, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf, told this reporter on the phone on Monday night that he and his comrades were holding Andreas Notter of Switzerland, Eugenio Vagni of Italy and Mary Jean Lacaba of the Philippines—the first time it was confirmed that the bandit group was behind the Jan. 15 kidnapping.

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