Syrian FM: Peace pact or 'possible war'

Nov. 26, 2010 at 6:46 AM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem warned of the danger of a war with Israel if a peace agreement is not achieved.

"There is no doubt that closing the horizons to peace may lead to a possible war. This option always exists in our region as Israel usually outrageously evades the commitment to peace," he said in an interview in the weekly Moscow News Friday.

Details of the interview were reported by and The Jerusalem Post.

"I want to stress that a new war will not result in a winner and loser," he said, adding, "Everyone will lose because the existing advanced military technology can cause great damage, even for the side with huge military power."

Asked to comment on the possibility of negotiations with Israel, Moallem said they are non-existent.

"The negotiations on the Syrian channel are possible as far as we are concerned if there is a partner, which seeks peace. However this does not exist at the moment. …The negotiations must take into account a full return to the Golan up to the June 4, 1967, border. This matter is not negotiable, and is the basis for a dialogue on the other issues stemming from it," he said.

His statements came a day after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned that failure to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians could result in a wave of global terror targeting Israel and its supporters.

"If negotiations are not renewed," quoted Mubarek as saying, "then Israel would continue to build within the length and breadth of Palestinian lands and the time will come when the Palestinian state won't have enough land to build on and terror will spread throughout the world against Israel and those who support it."

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