Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hizbullah to Israel: The Matter Is Closed

Secretary General of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Movement, Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday said a prisoner swap between the movement and the Zionist regime would take place within two weeks.

"I officially announce that the accord has been accepted from our part and the matter closed, and we will respect the steps which are to be taken, God willing," he said at a news conference held by video link.

"I will not set an exact date. The sooner it takes place the better," Nasrallah said, adding that no more Lebanese prisoners would be left behind bars in the occupied Palestine.

"I believe that in a week or two it will be implemented... July 15 is the most probable, a bit before or a bit after," he said.

"If I set a date the Israelis will only change it."

On Sunday, the Zionist regime's cabinet approved a deal under which it would release five Lebanese prisoners, the remains of Hezbollah members and an undetermined number of Palestinians in exchange for the bodies of soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Nasrallah had said that information on missing Zionist airman Ron Arad, as demanded by the Zionist regime, would be passed on through the German mediator, but he declined to give details.

"We have informed the German mediator of our report on Ron Arad," Nasrallah said on Wednesday.

"The mediator will soon visit Beirut and he will be given a written copy of the report then."

He said that after a prisoner exchange with the Zionist regime in 2004 "we worked seriously (on the Arad case), gathering witness accounts on the ground. We reached a definite conclusion based on this evidence."

"But we cannot reveal that now," he added.

"Thanks to this deal, if it goes through, Lebanon will be the first Arab state to close the file of its prisoners," he added. (Iribnews)

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