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Syria says Golan on agenda of Mideast peace conference
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09:28, November 24, 2007

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Friday the issue of the Golan Heights would be included on the agenda of an upcoming U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace conference in Annapolis.

Muallem made the remarks to reporters in Cairo after an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League (AL) follow-up committee of the Arab Peace Initiative, according to the official SANA news agency.

"The United States has sent confirmation that it will include the Syrian-Israeli track... the Golan... on the Annapolis schedule," Muallem was quoted as saying.

"Syria will decide whether to attend or not in light of the schedule it receives," he added.

The report AL secretary-general and ministers have received assurances from Washington on the inclusion of the Golan to meet the Syrian demand.

Muallem said he learned about the inclusion of the Golan from ministers who contacted with the U.S. side, said the report.

The Arab peace follow-up committee has agreed to attend the peace conference, scheduled on Nov. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters after the meeting.

Syria has been under international pressure to attend the conference as it repeated its condition that the Golan should be on the agenda.

Arch-foes Syria and Israel failed their talks on the fate of the Golan in 2000, which was occupied by the Jewish state in the 1967 Middle East war.

Source:Xinhua



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