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Palestinian ex-minister slams calls for kidnapping Israeli soldiers
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08:55, November 07, 2007

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Former Palestinian prisoners' affairs minister Hisham Abdel Razeq on Tuesday rejected statements of militant groups that threaten to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

"Kidnapping more Israeli soldiers will not resolve the issue of the Palestinian prisoners," said Abdel Razeq who is also a member of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

He held that "kidnapping the soldiers means the continuation of the violence which also means that the (Palestinian) prisoners will remain in jails as long as the violence is going on."

According to Abdel Razeq, the solution of the issue of more than 11,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails can only come as part of a comprehensive political agreement between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

However, he confirmed that there are no talks between Israeli and Palestinian sides over the prisoners' case "despite the attempts to revive the political process."

In June 2006, Hamas movement's military wing, along with two other armed groups, has captured an Israeli soldier from his base in a cross-border raid in southeast Gaza Strip.

The captors of Gilad Shalit demand to swap him for a number of prisoners, but the efforts to reach the deal did not fruit so far and they are suspended in the meantime.

Source: Xinhua

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