Somali Govt Asks Pirates to Release British Couple

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somalia's government is calling for the release of a British couple kidnapped by pirates, as the one-year anniversary of their capture approaches.

Minister of Information Abdirahman Omar Osman says the continued captivity of Paul and Rachel Chandler is "inhuman and un-Islamic."

The retired British couple have been in pirate custody since their yacht was hijacked off the Seychelles on Oct. 23 last year.

Osman also called on the international community to put more into the struggling government, which he says is incapable of fighting piracy on its own off the coast of the lawless East African country.

Somalia has been a failed state for nearly 20 years, and piracy is one of few opportunities to make money.