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Report: Syria won't renew peace talks until Israel clarifies Golan plans 
By Haaretz Service 

Syria refuses to renew its indirect negotiations with Israel until the latter 
responds to queries regarding plans for the disputed Golan Heights, the 
Arabic-language Al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday. 

According to the report, Syria has given Turkish mediators its responses to 
Israel's security questions, but has asked that the document not be transferred 
until Jerusalem delivers its responses to Damascus' own queries. 

Turkey has recently urged a renewal of negotiations, particularly in light of 
Barack Obama's election to the U.S. presidency. 

Both Turkey and Syria have expressed hope that the new U.S. administration will 
enable an intensive advancement of contacts and perhaps even bring about direct 

The Bush administration has long had reservations about Israel's talks with 
Syria and refuses to play any active role in them. 

Obama, however, favors American dialogue with Syria, and would presumably agree 
to take an active role in Israeli-Syrian talks.

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