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France Says It's Available to Act as Protector of Beirut Hostages
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jun 27, 1985
Start Page: 27
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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In a Beirut news conference Tuesday, though, Shia leader [Nabih Berri] said an unidentified caller told him that the two Frenchmen abducted May 22 will also be released when the American hostages are freed. Berri said that he asked the caller for the release of 11 missing foreigners in Beirut, including the other two Frenchmen and seven Americans previously kidnaped, but was told that the caller's group was not holding any of the others.

The French statement, issued by a spokesman for the External Relations Ministry, came after Berri suggested earlier in the day, in Beirut, that he would turn over the 39 remaining hostages to a foreign embassy in Beirut-if its government promised to keep them in Lebanon until Israel completed its release of more than 700 Arab prisoners. Berri mentioned the French and Swiss embassies as possibilities.

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