Syria refuses Israel's proposal over Syrian Golan Heights

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that Syria refused a proposal by Tel-Aviv over Golan Heights, the Syrian local media Cham Press reported on Tuesday.

During a meeting with the participants of "Arabism and the Future" conference, the Syrian top leader mentioned that Israeli President Shimon Peres asked the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, on his visit to Damascus last week, to deliver an Israeli message which suggests to return the Golan Heights to Syria if Syria agreed to disengage with Iran and other resistant groups.

Golan Heights, a strategic plateau of Syria, has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 War.

Replying a question over if Syria would interfere in a future war between Israel and Lebanon, al-Assad said that Israel wished to hear the answer, however, he would not satisfy Israel's wishes, saying that these were military secrets, which could not be revealed, Cham Press said.

"We should be worried if Israelis keep silence rather than they keep threatening," al-Assad said, "We do not trust Israel, hence, we seek to be ready for war and peace at any time."

The Syrian President also said that some parties made a great mistake when they gave up the choice of resistance.

The United States and Israel on April have accused that Syria delivered Scud missiles to Lebanese guerrilla Hezbollah, which raised the tension in Middle East.

Israel and Syria, the longtime feud, hold four rounds of indirect talks in 2008 under the mediation of Turkey, focusing on the contentious issue of the return of the Golan Heights.

Source: Xinhua


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