Israel and Syria have confirmed they have begun indirect peace negotiations, with Turkey acting as mediator. Both parties say they are taking the negotiations very seriously and are seeking a “full peace.” Close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and representatives of the Syrian government arrived in Turkey on May 19. In April, it became clear that Turkey had been functioning as mediator between Israel and Syria for months. The previous round of peace talks between the two arch-enemies stalled in 2000. (Radio Netherlands)

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