Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bush administration's reluctance leaves Sarkozy as 'lone sponsor' of direct Syrian-Israeli talks...

David Ignatius in the WaPo, here
"...The Syrians would like to see a clear signal from the Bush administration that it supports the peace process and that the United States is prepared to join the French as "godfather" of the talks. But Syrian officials are pessimistic and say they doubt that the administration, which has sought to isolate and punish Syria, will change its policy in the few months it has left.....The Syrians have received private assurances through Turkish mediators that Israel will indeed withdraw as part of an overall peace deal, and that disputes about borders, water rights and other technical issues can be resolved through formulas explored in U.S.-backed negotiations during the 1990s....."

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