The sister of American hostage Terry Anderson protested new demands outlined by the captors of her brother and called them unreasonable in a statement published Friday.

"I think it is grossly unjust for you to hold Terry Anderson for ransom that includes what amounts to a complete peace settlement in the entire region and the end of centuries' old hostilities," Peggy Say said in her message.The text of the message was published by Beirut's two leading newspapers, An-Nahar and As-Safir.

"In the past three and a half years, I have tried my very best to pressure my government to negotiate for Terry's release and the release of the other hostages," Say wrote.

"You have now presented new demands which are impossible for me to put forth to my government," wrote Say, who lives in Kentucky.

Anderson, 40, is the chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press and has been held longer than any of the 18 foreign hostages in Lebanon. He was kidnapped March 16, 1985.