Hamas denies German mediator for prisoners deal to come back soon

09:52, April 02, 2010      

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A well-informed source in Islamic Hamas movement denied on Thursday that the German mediator for a prisoners' swap deal between Hamas and Israel will come back to the region very soon.

Israeli reports said earlier on Thursday that the German mediator will arrive in the region very soon to resume the stalled talks.

Indirect talks between the two sides to release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had been stalled since last December, as Israel and Hamas disagreed with each other's offers and conditions to finalize the deal.

The source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that talks with Israel "are totally stopped, and no new information showed the German mediator will come back to the region soon."

"Hamas movement hasn't changed its conditions for finalizing the deal. Israel is responsible for obstructing it," said the source.

The source accused Israel of refusing all the previous understandings that had been agreed upon through the Egyptian and German mediators, adding "no new change had happened since the talks stopped."

Militants of Hamas and two other minor militant groups kidnapped Shalit in June 2006. Hamas demands Israel to free 1,450 Palestinian prisoners for the release of Shalit.

The German mediator had threatened that he would quit if Hamas and Israel keep insisting on their own terms to finalize the deal.

Source: Xinhua


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