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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.