Syria Foreign Minister Walid Moallem 311.
(photo credit:AP Photo/David Karp)
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem said Tuesday that his government is ready to resume peace talks with Israel.
Al-Mouallem said in an address to the UN General Assembly that the talks would only resume if Syria can find "in Israel a partner committed to the terms of reference of peace making, and if that partner has the political will to achieve peace."
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The Syrian foreign minister said the talks would take off from the point where they were halted after the IDF Gaza flotilla raid. Al-Mouallem said the talks would be mediated by Turkey.
According to al-Mouallem, the peace talks would include a resolution of
the Syrian Golan Heights issue.
Syria's position on the issue was reiterated and al-Mouallem said that
the Golan is 'not negotiable nor is it a bargaining chip.'
'Recognition of the fact that it must be returned fully is the basis on
which peace making arrangements should be made,' he said.
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