Syria Tells Powell to Push Israel for Peace
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
The United States was capable of repelling the aggressor
and putting international peace efforts on the right track, it
"Israel is exploiting the new international circumstances
to hit the Palestinian cause ... therefore it opted for
escalating aggression and committing massacres against
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
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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