July 16th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

Official: No progress as Egyptian intelligence officers meet with kidnapper

Cairo (CNN) - Egyptian intelligence officers met twice over the past three days with the kidnappers of two Americans and an Egyptian tour guide, but negotiations are at a "stalemate," a senior Egyptian government official told CNN on Monday.

Negotiators have rejected a kidnapper's demand that authorities release his imprisoned uncle immediately, the official said.

"This will not happen. He has to release the hostages first, or else every Bedouin in Sinai will go on a kidnap spree," the official said. "Egypt is a country of law, and this is for the good of the nation. The negotiations are at a stalemate, yet will continue to pursue a resolution."

Two intelligence officers visited the alleged kidnapper, Germy Abu Masouh, on Friday and on Sunday, and have communicated with him by phone, the official said.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    kinner got that when they hurled rotten tomatoes and shoe soles...state depart gonna have to send in our backup...jesse jackson...lettin'em know the man and woman they kidnapped may have ancestry from that area...

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