Assad to France: Force Israel to commit to peace

February 20, 2010 02:22


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In a meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Friday Syrian President Bashar Assad said peace requires will – something that Israel is lacking. The president stressed that European countries should take up an active role in the region and force Israel to commit to a peaceful path.

He also reiterated the need for Turkish mediation in peace talks and stressed the importance of France's support in the matter.

Syrian news agency SANA reported that the two discussed regional affairs in their Damascus meeting, which included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Assad stressed that the peace process must be based on international resolutions. Though he did not specify, it is likely the president was referring to UN resolutions 242 and 338.

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