No sign of new peace summit, says Syrian vice-president

The Syrian vice-president Faruq al-Sharaa says he is waiting for hear news of a second Middle East peace summit in Moscow, to follow the American initiative in Annapolis last month.

No sign of new peace summit, says Syrian vice-president
"Until now there is no confirmation of a conference in Russia in favour of the Golan Heights, even if the Russians already promised this before the Syrians brought the issue up in Annapolis," said al-Sharaa.

Speaking in Damascus at a meeting of the National Progressive Front, alliance of nationalist and left-wing supporters of the government, al-Sharaa said Syria's presence in Annapolis contributed to a change in perspectives, particularly from the United States.

At the same time, the vice-president criticised the American 'project' in the Middle East, stating that it has not succeeded in Iraq, nor the Palestinian Territories or Lebanon.

As for the political crisis in Lebanon, al- Sharaa praised the presidential candidate General Michel Suleiman and said that Syria's relationship with its allies was stronger now than when Syria was present in Lebanon.

Al-Sharaa said that Lebanon was experiencing internal problems, and excluded Damascus's return to Lebanon, either through the armed forces and the intelligence agencies.

The Syrian vice-president said that Syria is ready to support a possible Middle East conference in Damascus, which will include the Turkish president Abdullah Gul and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 16:50