Syrian FM ready to resume peace talks with Israel

Al-Mouallem says at UN that talks would only resume if Syria can find "in Israel a partner committed to the terms of reference of peace making."

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September 28, 2010 19:45
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Syria Foreign Minister Walid Moallem

Syria Foreign Minister Walid Moallem 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/David Karp)

 
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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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