Solana says he hopes Syria will attend Mideast peace conference

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday he hoped Syria would attend a US-sponsored conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he saw progress toward resolving it as "doable." Speaking at a news conference with Palestinian chief negotiator Ahmed Qureia in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Solana said a positive outcome to the conference in Annapolis, Maryland, expected to convene this month, is vital. "It has to be a success," Solana said. "I don't want to say that it's not difficult, it will be difficult, but I think it's doable, it is possible."