Blair Meets with Families of the Kidnapped Soldiers

Monday, September 11, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

British Prime Minister Tony Blair met yesterday with the families of the three kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit and promised to do everything in his power, in Gaza as well as in Lebanon, to bring a sign of life from their sons.

“There will be no progress in the peace process without the release of the soldiers,” Blair said.
During the meeting, Mickey Goldwasser, Ehud’s mother, asked Blair if she could join him on his trip to Beirut in order to try to get a sign of life from her son.

“I do not fear anything. I am willing to talk to anyone just to know what happened to my son. I am willing to come with you right now,” Mrs. Goldwasser told Blair. The British prime minister said that he understands, but it would be impossible. Blair also said that he understands from her words that she has authorized him to act on her behalf for the release of her son.

Blair agreed with the families that the cease-fire agreement is not fully implemented without the return of the soldiers or evidence of their condition. “I will exert pressure wherever I can to get a sign of life from your sons,” he told the families.

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