» 04/23/2008, 00.00
SYRIA – ISRAEL
Lively reactions in Jerusalem about reports that a Golan Heights-Peace deal is in the works
A Syrian news agency releases report today about Olmert’s offer. In the Knesset some lawmakers want a referendum to decide the issue fearful that the loss of the Heights “will pump Hezbollah forces into region.”
06/08/2008 SYRIA - TURKEY
Peace with Israel, Iranian nuclear program addressed in meeting between Assad and Erdogan
The visit indicates the increasing diplomatic impact of Ankara, where Ahmadinejad will arrive next week. For Damascus, it is a chance to focus on indirect talks with Jerusalem, and possibly an attempt to pressure Washington.
01/07/2008 ISRAEL – SYRIA
New round of indirect talks today between Israel and Syria
Talks are taking in place in Turkey with the host country playing the role of mediator. Damascus wants US involvement but might have to wait for George Bush to leave office. In Israel the idea of holding a referendum on land return is gaining ground.
Assad threatens Israel over future air raids and attacks on Golan Heights
In an interview with Hezbollah TV, the Syrian President ensures that Russia "is honoring contracts" providing S-300 missiles to Damascus. Israel fears that the sophisticated weapons will be taken by Hezbollah. The UN prepares an international conference, but Assad and the opposition National Coalition place obstacles in its path. Archbishop Tomasi: The Syrian people are paying a very high price with their blood.
24/04/2008 ISRAEL - SYRIA
Assad confirms Israeli proposal: peace in exchange for the Golan Heights
But the Jewish state also wants to end support for Hamas and Hezbollah. The role of the Turkish prime minister, who will travel to Syria on Saturday, is confirmed. The news comes in conjunction with a congressional hearing with U.S. intelligence officials on "nuclear" relations between Damascus and North Korea.
02/09/2008 MIDDLE EAST
In Damascus, surprise four-party summit on Middle East
French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in the Syrian capital tomorrow. It has been announced that the following day, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will arrive.
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