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Report: US, France working on Israel-Syria deal
Published Monday 13/09/2010 (updated) 15/09/2010 14:22
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BEIRUT (Ma’an) -- Along with the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, France and the US are acting to put in motion negotiations between Israel and Syria, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported.

Over the course of the holiday and yesterday, two top officials responsible for talks on this channel visited Israel, the newspaper reported. They met with top Israeli officials and in the next few days will go to Damascus for meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad and with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, according to the report.

As-Safir noted identified one French official as Jean Claude Cousseran, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s special envoy to the Israeli-Syrian talks, and Fred Hoff, deputy to special US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, who is responsible for the Syrian-Lebanese desk for Washington. Cousseran and Hoff met with Defense Ministry officials including Defense Minister Barak.

The newspaper reported that on his visit to Damascus, Cousseran would try to clarify to what extent Syria would agree to be flexible in its demands of Israel even though, at every opportunity, Assad is firm about stressing that without a withdrawal from the Golan Heights, there will be no peace. Cousseran will also try to help get the dialogue moving on this track by means of putting pressure on the Israeli side to enter into the negotiations. France believes that if this works, the US will take on itself the role of patron of the talks.

US envoy George Mitchell is also expected to visit Damascus and will try to get the support of President Assad for the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians and to relay a message in the matter of the importance that the US attributes to talks on the Israel-Syria track.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
13/09/2010 23:47
hum suddenly this jerk cares about his poor people. several millions are living in extreme poverty and basir is hopping to adopt the plo model give up nothing for money

2 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
14/09/2010 04:33
Assad says that without giving up The Golan there will be no peace but giving it up would put us at risk once again. We've lost too many soldiers gaining it in war and holding it in a second war. Now we're developing it. Why can't Assad develop the Bedouin villages around The Golan? An artificial lake exists near one such village directly below The Golan. It serves no useful purpose to the Syrian villagers, however. It's just exists to blow up in case of war to stop incoming Israeli tanks.

3 ) Reality 101 / USA
14/09/2010 16:00
Israel should be negotiating with the Arab League, like the Saudi Initiative, NOT one state at a time!!

4 ) southparkbear / usa
14/09/2010 16:16
the golan is a tough issue but a large portion can be returned without sacrifying security. most important to keep is the winery after all muslims don't drink wine
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