Mideast Peace Talks
WAP2000033101 - 31 MARCH 2000 - HARPER'S FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA: U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright chats with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Shara, January 8, during a break in the Mideast peace talks held in this small town near Washington, DC. cc/ho UPI
"Syria is self-destructing" under the strains of a protracted civil war and divisions among members of the Security Council, the U.N. secretary-general said.
The opposition coalition said it gave qualified support to its leader's offer for a dialogue with President Bashar Assad to end the nearly 2-year-old civil war.
Syria will have a new government by the end of the year, Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara said Saturday.
Syria is "more than ready" to talk to Israel, a top official said in a newspaper interview published Thursday.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office in Jerusalem denied reports that Syria's president had sent a letter seeking peace talks.
A U.N. spokesman says Syria is willing to resume negotiations with Israel on relative U.N. Security Council resolutions and land for peace.
Syria's foreign minister told the U.N. General Assembly Monday that the war on terror is being fought on the wrong front.
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