Report: German agent to broker soldiers' release

October 21, 2006 16:28


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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has tasked a member of Germany's secret service with securing the release of the two soldiers held hostage by Hizbullah, a leading German weekly said Saturday. The German agent, who was not named, has experience in mediating between the Shiite militia and Israel and has been working at securing the release of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev since September, Der Spiegel said in an advance release of its Monday edition. Germany's Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the nation's Federal Information Agency, declined to comment on the report. According to the report, the German agent met with Annan in Madrid in September, before heading to the Middle East. The two soldiers' release - which has yet to happen - was a condition of a UN cease-fire resolution.

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