Tripoli, Libya - An employee of the Tunisian Embassy who was abducted 21 March in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has called on the Tunisian authorities to negotiate with his captors. Mohamed Belcheikh made the call in a video posted on YouTube and recorded on 19 April.
Belcheikh, who worked for twelve years as secretary to the Embassy, said in the video that his request for negotiation was 'legitimate' and that his kidnappers have begun to lose patience and could kill him at any time.
He urged the Tunisian authorities to protect his three children.
Another Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped last Thursday in Tripoli, less than 48 hours after the abduction of the Jordanian Ambassador to in Libya.
Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Mongi Hamdi said the kidnappers of the two Tunisians were relatives of the two Libyans who were involved in a terrorist attack in the central city of Rouhia in May 2011, killing two Tunisian soldiers.
They are demanding the release of Libyan prisoners in Tunisia.