Progress in Berlin-sponsoredMideast prisoner swap

5th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

Progress in Berlin-sponsored Mideast prisoner swap

Progress in Berlin-sponsored Mideast prisoner swap

5 May 2004

BEIRUT - Lebanese security sources confirmed Wednesday that progress had been made on the second phase of a German mediated prisoner exchange deal between Hezbollah and Israel.

"Progress has been made... now they are at a stage of discussing the details," the sources told Deutsche Presse Agentur, dpa.

French mediators are involved in the second part of the deal, while Iran is also reported to be playing a key role in the process.

The next stage includes the release of Samir Kantar, the longest- held Lebanese prisoner in an Israeli jail. He is due to be freed in return for information on the fate of missing Israeli airman Ron Arad whose plane was shot down over south Lebanon in 1986.

The second phase will also include the release of Hezbollah prisoner George Abdullah, detained in France, and the release of Iranian prisoners in Germany for information from Hezbollah regarding the fate of three Israeli soldiers killed in 1982 in the battle of Sultan Yacoub in the western Bekaa Valley.

In return Israel will have to release information on the fate of four Iranian diplomats who went missing during the 1982 Israeli invasion in Lebanon.


Subject: German news 





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