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JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli and Syrian officials confirmed Wednesday they are indirectly negotiating a possible peace deal under Turkish mediation.The return of diplomacy and the art of statesmanship.
At a speech in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the disclosure of the talks was the end of a phase that had been going on for over a year.
He also said that he has no illusions and that the negotiations will be difficult, lengthy and will require difficult concessions.
Earlier, Olmert’s office issued a statement saying: “The two sides stated their intention to conduct these talks in good faith and with an open mind.”
It was the first official confirmation of the indirect talks between Israel and Syria. Turkish and Syrian officials also confirmed the talks.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, and the area has been a source of contention since.
The last round of peace negotiations between the two countries broke down in 2000, after Syria demanded a full return of the Golan.
For its part, Israel wants Syria to abandon its support of Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups as part of any peace agreement.
The United States has been informed about the indirect talks, according to Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, who praised Turkey for playing “a good and useful role.”
Welch noted that the United States is not playing any role in those talks,