Assad calls for return of Golan Heights

Syrian president Bashar Al Assad called for the return of the Golan Heights in a speech to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Syrian army's creation.

Assad calls for return of Golan Heights
Syrian president Bashar Al Assad called for the return of the Golan Heights in a speech to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Syrian army's creation.

"Our desire for peace does not mean that we have given up our rights," said Assad in the speech, published in the journal "Army of the People".

Assad said Syria still wanted to return to the borders it had before June 4, 1967 before the Six Day War, when it occupied all of the Golan Heights.

"The liberation of our occupied land is a sacred duty and a right guaranteed by international laws," he added.

Israel last month rejected a Syrian demand that it withdraw from the Golan Heights before peace talks could resume between the two countries, public radio reported on Saturday.

Direct peace talks have been frozen since January 2000. Damascus is demanding the return of the Golan, captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed in 1981.

AFP
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