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Riyadh's delegation foils detainee swap

Riyadh's delegation foils detainee swap

[05/June/2016]



KUWAIT, June 05 (Saba) - The Riyadh's delegation in Kuwait talks foiled a detainee swap supposed to be carried out early in Ramadan Month, well-informed source said Sunday.

The representatives of the Riyadh delegation in the prisoners and detainees committee "Ezzedine al-Asbahi and Mervat Mojalli" left Kuwait to evade reaching a final agreement for exchanging hundreds of detainees under the auspices of UN, the source said.

The national delegation expressed its readiness to exchange a thousand prisoners and detainees but the delegation of Riyadh has hampered the swap process, he said, adding the Riyadh's delegation refused to provide a statement of the army and popular committees' prisoners.

The Riyadh's delegation recognized more only 137 detainees held in the custody of the army and popular committees and refused to recognize hundreds.

However, the national delegation expressed its readiness to achieve the swap with the figure determined by the Riyadh's delegation, the source said.

As scheduled, the prisoners and detainees committee was to hold a talk session today [Sunday] and the UN envoy would determine the date of the first group release.

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