Syrian Information Minister: "There Are No Negotiations Between Syria and Israel"

[Inter Press Service-Italy ] Baher Kamal - "There are no negotiations between Syria and Israel in Istanbul - what is happening is an indirect exchange of messages via Turkey, to explore ways towards a possible negotiation," Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said in an interview. "Let me make it quite clear that if we arrive at direct negotiations with Israel for the complete and unconditional return of the Golan Heights - occupied by Israel since 1967 - to full Syrian sovereignty, we will never accept a peace process for ourselves at the expense of the Palestinian process," he said. "Palestine must have its own sovereign state, with Jerusalem as its capital, with the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and the right of return to their country of all Palestinians," Bilal said.

2008-07-10 01:00:00

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