Arab paper: Major breakthrough expected in Israeli-Syrian talks

A major breakthrough is expected in peace talks between Israel and Syria in the next few days, London-based Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. The paper, quoting 'senior sources,' reported that the progress was the result of "unprecedented" intensive action on the part of US Middle East envoy George Mitchell and Turkish mediators in recent weeks. According to the report, Israel has relayed messages to Damascus that it is willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights in return for Syrian guarantees and a commitment to cut ties with Iran and Hizbullah.