According to the report, the contacts took place Wednesday and were intended to set the stage for a prisoner exchange as part of the comprehensive solution sought between the sides to end the fighting in Lebanon.
Germany and the Red Cross were reportedly mediating the contacts, and were preparing the ground for the advance of negotiations as soon as understandings could be reached towards a comprehensive solution.
The article further noted that the mediators between Hizbullah and Israel did not receive any information regarding the welfare of the two IDF soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, who were kidnapped by Hizbullah on July 12.
The mediators attempted to gain information on the welfare of the hostages, but failed to do so as Hizbullah refused to share any grain of information until negotiations progressed towards a final solution.
The mediators explained that Hizbullah viewed everything, including information, had a price which Israel must pay to prove the sincerity of its intentions.
Lebanese sources reported that Hizbullah leadership were displeased, to say the least, with the declaration a few days ago by Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh, that the two soldiers were alive and in good health.
The report added that according to Lebanese source, it was still to early to talk about Hizbullah’s specific demands regarding a prisoner exchange, especially on whether they would stipulate the release of Palestinian prisoners in addition to Lebanese prisoners.