Syria considers the Golan Heights

July 1, 2009  

golanSyrian officials suggested that they could retake the Golan Heights back from Israel unless the two countries reach an agreement soon.

During a ceremony on Saturday inaugurating a new communications center in Kuneitra, the Syrian town closest to the ceasefire line with the Israeli-occupied Golan, the Syrian Committee for the Liberation of the Golan said that Israel has not shown any willingness to negotiate a return of the territory, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Syrian President Bashar Assad was also present at the ceremony, the newspaper said.

Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said that the new center would “report the despair of Syrian residents living in the occupied Golan, under the rule of the barbaric and racist state of Israel,” according to the same report.

Bilal was referring to the predominantly Druze Syrian residents of the Golan, most of whom have refused Israeli citizenship and seek the restoration of Syrian rule.

On Wednesday, Assad said there was no possibility of reaching an agreement because of Israel’s unwillingess to to strike a deal.

“For reaching an agreement an Israeli partner committed to international law, to UN decisions and to the principle of land for peace is necessary,” Assad said after meeting his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias in Damascus, according to the Jerusalem Post. The Syrian president said such an Israeli partner did “not exist” at this time.

Source Ma?an/Agencies – Bethlehem

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