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Syria Tells Powell to Push Israel for Peace
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DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria on Sunday, responding to a call by Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) to cooperate, said Arabs had given their all for peace and Washington must now push Israel to give up the land it seized in a 1967 Middle East war.

 

"Peace ... as Mr. Powell knows, cannot be achieved without obliging Israel to fulfil international resolutions" and to withdraw to frontiers before the Middle East war in June 1967, the state-run radio, a government mouthpiece, said.

"Arabs have given all that has been required of them for peace ... while Israel clutched to its stubborn stances toward the peace process ... it still insists in its policy on obtaining everything without giving any evidence that it desires peace."

The United States was capable of repelling the aggressor and putting international peace efforts on the right track, it said.

"Israel is exploiting the new international circumstances to hit the Palestinian cause ... therefore it opted for escalating aggression and committing massacres against Palestinian people."

The radio did not make a direct comment on remarks by Powell that Damascus had begun to clamp down on the offices of radical Palestinian groups, but several radical Palestinian factions said it was business as usual for their offices in Damascus.

Syria, which insists Israel should give back all Arab land occupied since the 1967 war and guarantee the right of return for Palestinian refugees, has made clear that it wants dialogue and not ultimatums.

Syria hoped the dialogue with Powell "would help achieve peace and stability in this region, which has been troubled by the lack of peace and stability due to Israeli occupation and terrorism," said the radio.


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