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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called on Syria to “quickly” find a way to resume stalled peace negotiations between the two countries. Barak’s comments to graduates of Israel’s military college came amid conflicting signals from Syria on the idea of restarting negotiations that have been stalled since 1996. An official Syrian newspaper rejected the idea Wednesday of direct negotiations between Syria and Israel, while a Syrian diplomat participated in an open academic meeting attended by Israeli researchers for the first time, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

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