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Germany 'Somebody knows'

'Somebody Knows Who Has Madeleine'

4:43pm UK, Wednesday June 06, 2007

The parents of Madeleine McCann have dismissed claims they were involved in her disappearance - and called on the German people to help in the search.

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In a press conference in Germany they also urged the public to come forward with information.

"Somebody knows who has Madeleine - we want to reach the public.

"Somebody can help us find her. Just one telephone call... either a location or a name."

Gerry and Kate McCann are in Berlin to promote the hunt for their four-year-old, who was kidnapped 34 days ago in the Algarve.

"We want to ask for any tourists from Germany who were in Praia da Luz in the two weeks leading up to May 3, if you have any digital photos to send them tothe website -"
When asked about the campaign, Mr McCann said: "We hope and pray every single day that this finishes and that Madeleine is returned to us safely.

"We don't want a long-term campaign - we just want her back."

Their visit - which has provoked considerable interest - coincides with the first day of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm near Rostock in the north of the country.

Asked about their fears for Madeleine, Mr McCann said: "We have got to keep going, we believe she is alive. There is an absence of evidence to the contrary.

"We think it is more likely that she is alive than not alive."

Mrs McCann, wearing green and yellow ribbons tied to her waist, added: "There has been a lot of speculation and it is hard not to think the worst.

"But as time goes on and there still isn't any news, we have to think positively."

The McCanns started the day with a sofa-style chat on the German television Sat 1 breakfast show where they sat close together, holding hands for support.

They then moved on to news channel N24.

Speaking candidly about leaving their little girl in the apartment while they ate at a tapas bar yards away, Mr McCann went on: "Of course we blame ourselves.

"But we do not blame each other. Kate and I are very much together in this.

"Blame would have torn us apart. When things go wrong, people like to blame somebody, anybody. But what has helped us is that we haven't looked back at the negative."

Mrs McCann dismissed criticism that they are courting too much publicity in the search for Madeleine.
"We have got to feel happy that we have done absolutely everything we can to get our daughter back - I don't think any parent would be critical of that."