'Al Ahram': Turkey to step in again as Syrian-Israeli mediator

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The Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper reported Saturday that Israeli-Syrian peace talks would resume in the first half of 2010 with Turkish mediation. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Damascus on December 22, and according to the Egyptian report, while there he will present Syrian President Bashar Assad with a change in the Israeli position and a recent willingness in Jerusalem to allow the Turks to mediate peace negotiations. A Syrian diplomat told Al Ahram that the talks will resume in the first half of 2010 and that they would resume from where they left off when Turkey cut off mediation efforts in the wake of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last winter. The Jerusalem Post could not verify the Al Ahram report.
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