PA official: Force won't free Shalit

Adwan urges Israel to meet kidnappers' demands for prisoner exchange.

September 30, 2006 09:57
PA official: Force won't free Shalit

atef adwan 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

The Palestinian Authority's Refugee Minister Atef Adwan on Saturday warned Israel not to attempt to force the release of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit. In an interview to the Nazareth-based Kul-el-Arab, Adwan said that the matter of Shalit would be resolved through negotiations, and urged Israel to accede to the kidnappers' demands to release Palestinian security prisoners as part of an exchange deal. Regarding the recent meeting in Damascus between Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal and head of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Sulieman, Adwan told the paper that while he respected Sulieman, the Egyptian official should not send harsh letters to PA official. Rather, Adwan said, Sulieman should restrict his role to that of an advisor. According to Israel Radio, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said in Qatar on Friday that Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure Shalit's release continued.

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