Indirect Israel-Syria talks resume

Indirect Israel-Syria peace talks are scheduled to resume.

 

Two advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are scheduled to travel to Turkey Tuesday to begin a fourth round of negotiations, AFP reported, citing an anonymous Israeli source.

 

Turkish officials shuttle between the two sides during the negotiations. AFP reported that the two sides are still far apart on many issues.

 

The last round of indirect talks was held early this month. The talks started in May after an eight year gap.

 

Syria has stated that direct talks will not be held in the near future. Still, Syria is interested in making as much progress as possible with Olmert so that his successor will be bound to whatever commitments he makes, Haaretz quoted a Western source as saying Monday.

 

The new round of talks is gearing up a day after Syria’s Ambassador to the U.S., Imad Moustapha, told the American branch of Peace Now that Syria is ready to make peace with Israel.

 

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