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Hezbollah SG Says Prisoner Swap Negotiations Go On

Published: Tue 18 Nov 2003 11:37 PM
Hezbollah SG Says Prisoner Swap Negotiations Go On, Israeli Sources Indicate Cabinet Considers A Solution
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah issued a statement on the prisoner swap issue with Israel. The statement said "a new round of negotiations was held between Hezbollah and the German mediator in an attempt to find a solution for unsettled issues".
It added "both sides agreed to keep details of the negotiations secret during this sensitive stage so as to procure a better atmosphere to reach a positive final result."
Months of German-brokered talks have stuck over the fate of Lebanese detainee Samir Qintar's fate.
The Israeli cabinet last week has conditionally approved the prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah but refused to release Qintar.
Meanwhile, the Israeli radio reported Israeli political sources as saying that the Israeli government was considering a logical solution concerning the detainee Samir Qintar in order to ease reaching a prisoner swap agreement with Hezbollah.
The Israeli daily Maariv for its part quoted an Israeli official accompanying Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon to Italy as saying that there are discussions to find a way out concerning the Qintar problem.
He said one of the proposals is that of reducing the prison term of Qintar so that he can be released after several years. He also said another solution would be to get a hint on the fate of missing Israeli airman Ron Arad or information about 3 Israeli soldiers that went missing during the 1982 Sultan Yaakub battle in Lebanon.
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“Al-Manar is the first Arab establishment to stage an effective psychological warfare against the Zionist enemy.
“Political, cultural and social affairs are of special importance o the station's programs. Most important is the struggle with the Zionist enemy. In its course of work, Al-Manar focuses on live talk shows and dialogue programs in which it makes sure to bring out different thoughts and beliefs, in addition to the participation of the viewers in the dialogues.
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