Sheikh Adnan Amama, second left, a member of the Committee of Muslim Scholars, speak after a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Committee of Muslim Scholars announced Friday the suspension of its mediation to secure the release of 29 Lebanese security personnel held by Islamist militants, in a move that reflected difficulties in the negotiations with the captors and the government's refusal to meet their demands.Sheikh Hussam al-Ghali, a committee member, said the suspension of mediation efforts resulted from a foreign actor's intervention in the negotiation process.Government sources denied that any foreign mediators were involved in the negotiations with the militants.Ghali said the committee would resume its mediation if the right conditions existed. Before entering the meeting with Salam at the head of a five-member Committee of Muslim Scholars, Amama warned that the negotiations would lead nowhere if the government refused to budge on the militants' demands.
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