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Cameron cancels EU speech

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has cancelled his speech on the European Union tomorrow due to the ongoing crisis in Algeria

by The Commentator on 17 January 2013 18:58

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has postponed a long-awaited speech on the UK's relationship with Europe, reportedly due to the on-going hostage situation in Algeria.

Cameron has been expected to announce tomorrow, in the Netherlands, that the United Kingdom would go to the polls in some form of referendum within five years time. Instead, Number 10 sources have stated, he is needed in London for the foreseeable future and the crisis in Algeria unfolds.

The situation was described by the Prime Minister as "very uncertain and very fluid".

Following the recent bout at Prime Minister's Questions, as well as Cameron's latest appearance on the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, this set back will perhaps open Cameron up to further criticism about his commitment to his standpoint on the European Union - a question that both Conservative backbenchers, and the opposition have sought to exploit in recent months.

However, the situation in Algeria is certainly more serious, as Algerian forces move to intercept Islamic terrorists holding hostages at a gas facility in eastern Algeria. Reports quoting terrorists said at least 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers died.

Nearly 600 Algerian workers and four foreign hostages - two from Scotland, one from France and one from Kenya - were freed during the operation.

The terrorists had earlier said they were holding 41 foreign nationals who are believed to include British, Japanese, US and Norwegian citizens.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister spoke to President Obama this afternoon and shared the latest developments in Algeria and agreed that their priority was to establish the facts on the ground."

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