Syria 'delays' proposal to renew Israel talks: Report

Syria and Israel have held four rounds of Turkish-brokered indirect discussions since move were relaunched in May.

Syria 'delays' proposal to renew Israel talks: Report
Syria has reportedly postponed a proposal to renew Turkey-brokered indirect talks with Israel, Israel Radio reported Sunday morning.

The Qatari paper al-Watan quoted Arab sources in Syria as saying that Damascus prefers to wait until after US President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration to the White House, and the establishment of a new Israeli government.

The sources added that Syria does not wish to carry out negotiations with outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government in its final days.

Olmert, on Thursday announced that he will go to Turkey for talks on Monday. The same day, he told a Tel Aviv conference that "a peace treaty between Israel and Syria is feasible and would result in significant advantages for Israel."

Syria and Israel have held four rounds of Turkish-brokered indirect discussions since move were relaunched in May.

The talks were put on hold shortly after Olmert announced on July 30 he would step down over a series of corruption scandals. Olmert will remain at the head of a transitional government until parliamentary elections on February 10.

Direct negotiations were frozen eight years ago after Israel baulked at Syrian demands for the return of the whole of the occupied Golan Heights.

International community did not recognise that the Israel occupied the Golan in the 1967 and annexed it in 1981.

Meanwhile, Israeli right-wing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday dismissed talks with Syria led by interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Netanyahu, of the Likud party, leads opinion polls ahead of February 10 elections that will determine who will replace Olmert, followed by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.


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