Charbel Responding to Nasrallah: We are Holding Direct Negotiations with Pilgrims' Kidnappers

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Interior Minister Marwan Charbel indirectly criticized on Thursday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's recent call on the government to hold negotiations with the kidnappers of Lebanese pilgrims held in Syria's Aazaz region.

He said ahead of a cabinet session at the Baabda Palace: “The state is holding direct negotiations with the abductors.”

Nasrallah had stated a few minutes ahead of the session that the government “has not exerted enough efforts to resolve the case of the pilgrims.”

He suggested that it adopt a different approach through holding direct negotiations with the kidnappers.

“Where's the problem in that? It is done all over the world,” he noted.

The Hizbullah leader also proposed that the government appoint an official to hold negotiations with Turkey to end the abduction of the nine pilgrims.

In May, 11 Lebanese pilgrims were kidnapped in Syria's Aleppo province as they were making their way back by land from pilgrimage in Iran.

Two of the pilgrims have since been released on separate occasions, while the rest remain held in Aazaz.

The families of the pilgrims have held Turkey responsible for the ongoing abduction, saying that it wields the greatest influence in this issue.

They had threatened to take escalatory measures against Turkish interests in Lebanon, but have since called off this measure at Charbel's request.

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Thumb lebanon_first 03 January 2013, 17:09

Transcript of negotiations:
Kidnapper: Give us Hassoun's head on a plate, we will return the "pilgrims"
Charbel: You know we cant do that. Hassoun is the one who decides who lives and who dies. He kills. He is not the killed!!!
Kidnapper: HA killed loads of syrian liberation army officers, At least give me a smaller fry, such as Raad, Fneich. one of the HA big thugs. we will return the "pilgrims".
Charbel: Cant do that. Despite all, we are a state of law. Unlike Syria.
Kidnapper: I hate HA's arrogance.
Charbel: we all do. but what can we do? they have weapons and think they represent God himself. Yalla I have to go to dinner now. we will talk again later.
Kidnappers: ok. yalla bye.

Missing lebanon4ever 03 January 2013, 17:14


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Missing rudy 03 January 2013, 18:08

Looks like homer simpson got a PR team

Missing gabby12 03 January 2013, 20:45

The events as the unfolded: 1) Protests started in Syria because of ASSad's brutality. 2) The Hezz sent killers to Syria to kill innocent civilians. 3) The Hezz got some thug trained "pilgrims" taken hostage while traveling through a war zone by bus. 4) Yet again the Hezz ask the Lebanese gov't to clean up their mess.

The same thing happened in 2006, and with many other messes created by the hezz.

Missing peace 03 January 2013, 22:40

funny to see how M8 people criticize the M8 gvt, and M8 people justifying themselves in front of other M8 people!!! it only shows how inefficient they are...
so comic!

Missing mohammad_ca 04 January 2013, 14:48

lol accepting criticism hizbocrap style "we will cut off your hands and legs"