Syria: No secret peace talks with Israel

Syria's U.N. ambassador dismissed rumors of secret Syrian-Israeli talks and reiterated Damascus' call for Israel to resume peace negotiations that stalled seven years ago.

Syria: No secret peace talks with Israel
Syria's U.N. ambassador on Monday dismissed rumors of secret Syrian-Israeli talks and reiterated Damascus' call for Israel to resume peace negotiations that stalled seven years ago.

Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari stressed that Syria has always dealt publicly with the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace talks between Syria and Israel.

"I would like to dismiss all these rumors giving the impression that there were any Syrian-Israeli secret talks," Ja'afari told reporters.

"The Syrian position has always been clear with this regard: We call on the Israelis to resume the negotiations of peace that were stalled in the year 2000 after the visit of (then-Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon to the mosque Al-Aksa in Jerusalem," he said.

Last Mod: 19 Haziran 2007, 10:42
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