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Lebanon calls for prisoner exchange


Israeli blockades on Lebanon should be gone by 6 o’clock local time this evening, as Israel hands over control of all ports to International forces.

Israel imposed the embargo eight weeks ago after Hizbollah captured two of its soldiers, sparking a bloody month long war.

Israeli Governement spokeswoman Miri Eisin said:
“We will stop the aerial blockade of flights into Lebanon with the arrival of German forces who will be in the airport implementing the embargo supervising mainly the cargo which arrives into Beirut International Airport.”

Lebanon had vowed to force the blockade if it wasn’t lifted by Friday. Now the country is seeking talks with Israel.
Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh has said that the two Israeli soldiers will not be released unless there are negotiations for a Lebanese prisoner exchange.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will send an envoy to Lebanon to discuss the matter by the end of the week.

Meanwhile on the ground the UN peacekeeping force continues to take shape. Five thousand international troops should be in place by next week.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will reportedly make his first visit this weekend to the region since the conflict started. He has said he is under no illusion about the peace process.

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