Monday, August 21, 2006

Don't expect to hear a lot about these negotiations, which may take some months to complete

Meantime, the situation in southern Lebanon will remain tenuous. The imperative is for a creative solution to re-restablish the security framework in the south. Israel has shown it cannot create that new framework and it doubtful an international force will either. The answer lies in figuring out how to address both Israeli and Lebanese security concerns. I will have more to say about this in the coming days.
UN envoys arrive to discuss prisoner swap - Haaretz - Israel News: "The United Nations delegation that arrived in Israel yesterday will discuss a possible prisoner exchange between Israel and Hezbollah at length. Members Terje Roed-Larsen and special envoy Vijay Nambiar said the issue was also the focus of their talks in Lebanon over the weekend.

'My team discussed concrete ideas with the Lebanese authorities,' Nambiar said. 'We will convey these ideas for further discussions as developments warrant,' he said, adding that it may become necessary to return to Lebanon 'to explore these ideas further.' "

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