Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Olmert rules out peace talks with Syria

Farid sends this item:

Washington DC, August 21, 2006/Seattle PI - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday ruled out a resumption of negotiations with Syria at this time, saying Damascus must first end its support for militant groups.

Olmert spoke just hours after a minister in his Cabinet urged a resumption of negotiations and said Israel should give back the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria.

Inspecting rocket damage in northern Israel on Monday, Olmert said Syria is not a partner for peace at the moment.

"When Syria stops support for terror, when it stops giving missiles to terror organizations, then we will be happy to negotiate with them," Olmert said.

"We are not going into any adventure when terror is on their side," Olmert said. "We're not going into any negotiations until basic steps are taken which can be the basis for any negotiations."

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