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After Lieberman Remarks, Assad Repeats Syria Demand for Golan

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27 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz

Syrian President Bashar Assad repeated Monday his country’s demand for the return of the Golan Heights after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that Syria should drop the demand as a precondition to peace talks.

“What is important is that the Golan is our territory, it is our right. It must be returned to us without fail,” Assad said during a brief news conference after talks with his Austrian counterpart on a two-day visit to Vienna. “The Israeli government is not ready to give back the Golan. But Syria enjoys worldwide support for its right to recover the Golan. That is not being … taken seriously [by Israel]… We can talk about peace when this principle is recognised.”

Syria says that Israel, which captured the strategic plateau in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed it in a step not recognized internationally, is legally required under United Nations resolutions to return the Golan along with other occupied Arab territory. >>>

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27 April 2009 at 2:12 pm

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