Israeli Official: Talks with Syria may Resume soon

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

There is a chance that talks on the Syrian track may resume much sooner than had been expected, reported the Jerusalem Post, quoting government officials.  

"The original thinking was that Syrian heir-apparent, Bashar Assad, would take several months before turning his attention to possible negotiations with Israel. However, recent statements by Assad and foreign minister, Farouq Shara, as well as information coming from high-ranking UN officials, have led government officials to believe Assad may be ripe to move forward quickly," said one official.  

Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, said on Sunday that "Israel was as always ready to go forward on the Syrian track." He also stressed that he had not retreated from his position that Lake Tiberius will remain under Israeli sovereignty under any peace deal, said the paper.  

"I think that Israel and Syria will resume talks very soon," an official was quoted as saying. 

He added that Israel is a country that seeks peace with all its neighbors, including Syria, which has a very strong role to play in the region, said the paper - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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