NO FOOD, WATER AND MEDICINES FOR SCHOOL HOSTAGES: DR. ROSHAL

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MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - School terrorists would not agree to allow food, water and medicines passed to their hostages in Beslan, North Ossetia, says Leonid Roshal, renowned children's doctor, who is on the drama site.

"I am in uninterrupted talks with one Shoikhu-I am not sure I've got the name right. The man has introduced himself as [terrorist] press attache. They would not give food, water or medicines to the kids and adults in the school. The man says he is a highlander. I told him highlanders never behaved that way," Dr. Roshal said in a Rossia national television channel live cast.

"The release of an initial 26 hostages is certainly a victory-but it's a mere drop in the ocean. The very fact of someone set free is a big achievement, but a huge job is ahead yet."

Dr. Roshal is indignant at the International Red Cross inactivity. "I am wary with the Red Cross' stance. To be honest, I am indignant. It is their duty to be here and arrange talks, and food and medicine supplies. I am baffled to see no International Red Cross officers here."

The famous physician says the terrorists have not yet made any explicit demands. He calls on Ossetians, Chechens and the Ingush to display wisdom.

"If the matter has a tragic outcome, it will mean war-a warfare in this explosive area. We must prevent war between fraternal peoples at all cost. I am appealing to the wisdom of the Ossetian, Ingush and Chechen peoples to ward off the looming war danger. A war will take thousands of lives, and we must see it," said the doctor.

Terrorists themselves summoned him from Moscow as negotiator.

Dr. Roshal covered himself with glory in fall 2002, when terrorists seized a Moscow theater in Dubrovka Street during performance to take hostage a house and company of 800.

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