Syrian paper: Time for peace talks

The Annapolis conference is an opportunity that may not return, state-run Syrian paper Tishreen wrote Wednesday in a report cited by Army Radio. "It is now vital to act seriously to put peace talks back on track. The alternatives to this are dangerous to the region and the entire world," the paper wrote. Meanwhile, Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar quoted Syrian officials as stating that the conference brought hope that the Golan Heights could be returned to Syria as part of negotiations with Israel, after Israeli sources reportedly hinted that they were willing to discuss with Syria the price for peace. The officials added that the US had intended to use the conference in order to drive a wedge between Syria and Iran, but strategic relations between the two nations would remain strong.