Talks on finalizing Hamas-Israel prisoners swap renew (2)

08:40, October 18, 2010      

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An official Hamas source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the visit of Konrad to the Gaza Strip was aimed at exploring the position of Hamas after meeting with senior Hamas and Israeli leaders.

"Hamas position in terms of its conditions to finalize the prisoners' swap deal has not changed and the contacts with the Israeli side through the German mediator are still frozen," said the source, without giving any more details on the results of Konrad's visit to Gaza.

Meanwhile, Osama Hamdan, Hamas movement's representative in Lebanon told the Qatari al-Jazeera Satellite News Station on Sunday that the talks over finalizing the deal "had stopped, but still there are contacts between the two sides to finalize it."

He accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for obstructing the deal "because he insists to obstruct it and there is nothing new in his position," adding "Hamas position has been always so clear from the very beginning. There has been something that we agreed upon, but Israel changed its stance."

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