Report: New European mediator involved in Schalit talks

April 19, 2011 21:04


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A new European mediator is handling negotiations between Jerusalem and Hamas towards a prisoner exchange that would see the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, the English-language version of Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper's source in Hamas declined to disclose which European country was handling the negotiations, but praised what they called his or her "sincerity and inventiveness."

The source also criticized previous mediator, Gerhard Konrad, saying that the Hamas leadership was upset by the perception that he had moved closer to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's positions, instead of changing them.

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