VP: Syria doesn't want war with Israel

Published August 14th, 2007 - 07:14 GMT

Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara on Tuesday renewed his country's commitment to the just and comprehensive peace in the region, based on Israel's full withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories to the line of June 4th, 1967 including the Syrian Golan, and the establishment of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.


"Syria doesn't seek war….But it stands aware of any aggression because Israel always puts pretexts to launch wars, as done during July 2006 aggression on Lebanon," al-Shara told Journalists during a press conference.


"The Syrian people won't accept surrender or subjugation… they want negotiations that restore their full lands till the line of June 4th, 1967," the senior Syrian leader added.


On US George Bush's call for a regional peace conference, al-Shara noted that the conference's goals, factors and bases are not specified and it doesn't offer the needed guarantees to make it a success.


As for the Palestinian issue, al-Shara reiterated the importance of resuming the inter-Palestinian dialogue, stressing "Syria stands at one distance from all Palestinian factions and works to return dialogue back between Fatah and Hamas.


Al-Shara referred to the importance of the Lebanese resistance victory over the Israeli aggression on Lebanon last summer, saying "this historic achievement will foil any Israeli attempts to control the region."


The press conference was held on the occasion of Journalists' Day in Syria.

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