Peres: Syria must give up Lebanon bases

President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday that making peace with Syria depends on whether Damascus is prepared to give up its bases in Lebanon. Peres said in a BBC radio interview aired Tuesday that Syria cannot expect Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights so long as Syria intends to keep its bases in Lebanon. The Lebanese bases are used by Iran, and Israel is not prepared to tolerate an Iranian presence on its border, Peres said. The president is in London until Friday for a series of engagements including talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband was in Damascus Tuesday for talks with senior officials. Miliband told the BBC that Lebanon was among the issues on his agenda.