Kuntar says Abbas wanted meeting with him

Convicted Lebanese murderer Samir Kuntar said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas requested a recent meeting between the two that has angered Israel. Kantar said in a Tuesday statement that the meeting last week in Beirut was in response to a "direct request" by Abbas. An aide to Abbas denied that, saying Kantar had requested the meet. The aide was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. Kuntar was convicted of killing three people, including a four-year-old girl, in a grisly attack in Israel in 1979. Israel traded Kuntar and other prisoners for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in a swap with Hizbullah. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Abbas at a summit Sunday that he was "upset" by the meeting. Abbas's response was inaudible.