Diplomats: Syrian-Israeli Talks may Resume in September

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Damascus – Albawaba.com 

 

Syria-Israeli peace negotiations are expected to resume in September, according to diplomats in Damascus. 

The sources, who asked not to be identified, told Albawaba.com that there are some issues to be settled before the resumption of the talks which have been deadlocked since December last year. 

According to the diplomats, Syria would prefer the three-month delay so that it would be able to concentrate on domestic issues, especially in light of the anti-corruption campaign currently undertaken by the Syrian government. The second reason, said the diplomats, is that Syria waits for the Lebanese issue to be finally settled. 

They said that Lebanon has two options: either the open war against Israel or peace, adding neither Syria nor Lebanon is likely to take the first choice. 

The sources affirmed that communication between Syria and the US has not come to a halt, despite the failure of the Geneva summit between President Hafez Assad and US President Bill Clinton on March 26th , 2000. 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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