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Israeli-syrian Talks Resume

Under the usual cloak of secrecy, Israel and Syria resumed peace negotiations here this week, Israeli and U.S. officials confirmed.

At an undisclosed location here, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Itamar Rabinovich, and his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, met Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss security arrangements for Israel’s withdrawal from the Golan Heights, officials said.

Israeli withdrawal from the Golan is expected to be part of any peace agreement with Syria.

Secretary of State Warren Christopher sat in on the talks on Tuesday, a State Department official said.

Israeli sources said the talks are expected to continue through next week.