French Defense Minister Charles Millon urged Bosnian Serbs on Sunday to release two French pilots held since their plane was shot down nearly four months ago.

Millon told a news conference at the end of a two-day visit to Jordan that the French government has information the two men are alive, but that Paris could not contact the people holding them."We really hope that the information we have is correct and that the kidnappers will listen to the voice of wisdom and peace and release those pilots," Millon said.

Capt. Fredric Chiffot and Lt. Jose Souvignet, members of a U.N.-mandated peacekeeping force in the former Yugoslavia, disappeared after their aircraft was shot down by Serb forces Aug. 30 during NATO airstrikes against Serb positions.

Bosnian Serb Gen. Dragomir Milosevic confirmed in October that the French airmen were seized after their jet was downed near Pale in eastern Bosnia. He did not elaborate.

France hopes the pilots will be freed after a peace treaty between the warring factions in the former Yugoslavia is signed in Paris on Dec. 14.

Bosnian Serbs also shot down the plane of U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady in June, but he eluded capture and was rescued six days later.