After more than three months under siege in the Gulf of Aden, the Faina standoff continued Monday amid intense negotiations, the German non-governmental organization Ecoterra International reported.
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko has indicated he's hopeful a deal can be reached with the pirates before the end of the year, which included only two more days, the group said.
The Faina, carrying 33 Soviet-made T-72 tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns, allegedly to Kenya, was hijacked Sept. 25 by approximately 50 Somali pirates, who say they were unaware of the ship's cargo when they commandeered it.
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