''Syria's belief in just and comprehensive peace doesn't mean relinquishing a speck of soil or a drop of water, affirming that the Syrian Arab Golan will remain Arab and Syrian and will return to the homeland Syria.''

 From H.E's Army Day Speech, (August 1, 2011) 

" No, it is not dead because you do not have any other option. If you want to talk about a 'dead peace process,' this means everybody should prepare for the next war, and this is something that is not in our interest or in the interest of the region. And I think that Israel learned the lesson of 2006: a super power in the Middle East could not defeat a small faction, with all the armament that they can have. Technology is changing, beliefs are changing, and tactics have changed a lot. Everything is changing. But despite that, we have to believe that only peace can help us. That is why we are optimistic and this is the only way that makes us work for peace".

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

 "But going back to your question, where is the peace process now? If you want to talk about the whole peace process, a comprehensive one, you have three main parties: the Syrian party, which is an Arab party, the Israeli party, and the arbiter or the mediators. As for me as Syria, I can still see that I have the support of my people, which means that I have a large latitude to move in that regard. But moving, in that regard, does not mean to move in any direction. You cannot tell me take the bus and go with you without knowing where I am meant to go. We do not drive in a foggy weather. This is Syria. That is why we avoid this vicious cycle and that is why we still have support. We have desperation especially regarding the peace process because we always say no to anything which is not methodical. When it is methodical, we will be ready to move right away and this evening. It does not need preparation."

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

 

" The other party is the arbiter which two years ago was a mediator, not an arbiter. A mediator is someone who can communicate points of view, such as the Turks; whereas the arbiter should be more active and not passive, which is the role of the United States. The role of the US is very important because it is the greatest power; it has a special relation with Israel and it has weight to be the guarantor of the peace process when you sign the treaty. But actually when you sign the treaty, it is the very beginning of the peace where you want to make the peace; because this is only a treaty, and not the real peace. Peace is when you have normal relations, when you bury the hatchet and when people can deal with each other. This needs lots of steps and a lot of support. At that time, the arbiter should perhaps have a more important role than during the negotiations.''

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

 ''The problem with most of the officials we have from the US during previous administrations, whether they have good or bad intentions, is that they knew very little about this region. That is why they need the support of others. They need a complementary role. This role could be European or today the Turks. Actually I am elaborating because you can take whatever you want. But if you want to go back to our methodology, it has been twenty years. Why did we not achieve peace? We were not methodical. We did not talk about the terms of reference, the main titles: land, peace and after that 'land for peace.' But which land and which peace? We did not define. And because we did not define, we could play games during the negotiations.What we said now is that it is better to define these terms in Turkey, to define the land, and to define the security. Defining is not doing everything; it is talking about the main points. For example, defining the withdrawal line is to set six points, to agree on disputed six points. Defining security is to talk about six principles. Then when you have this reference you move to direct negotiations where you need the arbiter. In these direct negotiations, you cannot play games, if you want because it is very well defined, we have a very clear frame, and Israel cannot play games, and the arbiter cannot spoil it even with good intentions. What happened in the nineties is that some US officials thought they were doing something good but actually they spoiled it because they were emotional and hasty. They wanted to help Israel with good intentions but actually they spoiled the whole process. So, with this part of the indirect negotiations you set the definition of the reference. So, today we do not have this reference, we have a right-wing government, the arbiter is moving. President Obama is sending his team of Mitchel and his assistant who have been shuttling between Syria and Israel. Even a few days ago they were here. They are trying to deal with this difficult situation. But till this moment there is no response from the Israelis.They are trying to deal with this difficult situation, but till this moment there is no positive response from the Israelis. So what is happening is positive but just virtually positive, nothing concrete yet. So to be very precise, this is the situation of the peace process today".

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

   

"There is one reason preventing the achievement of peace, which is occupation… So, occupation is the cause of all wars… first the English, then the French, and now Israel. In short, Israel must apply all the UN Security Council resolutions and return the occupied lands to our people.''

From H.E's Interview with ' Hurriyet' and the 'Bild' Dailies, (December 19, 2010)

  "We always express our opinion clearly and publicly and affirm that we want peace and the agreement… but we cannot achieve this only from one side, and the other side must participate… until now, there is no partner of this kind. The result is that the Israelis chose a government that advocates extremism, and this government doesn't bring peace."

From H.E's Interview with ' Hurriyet' and the 'Bild' Dailies, (December 19, 2010)

 '' There is no actual peace process at the present time, given that the Israeli public, regardless of the stances of their government, are not ready for peace,"

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to France, (December 10, 2010)

 "The American initiative started to move months ago on the Syrian track and the Palestinian track, but it is obvious that nothing is real so far…We can't blame the sponsor before we blame the main parties. There is the Arab party which is ready for peace and the Israeli party which does not really exist in the peace process, or what we call the 'illusionary partner' or the 'absence of a partner'."

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to France, (December 9, 2010)

 ''We encouraged the French for further movement, especially after they appointed Mr. Jean Claude Cousseran as Special Envoy for the Peace Process. I will meet him to see what he's had during the interim since my previous meeting with him until now…to see if there is a prospect, notwithstanding that hope is slim.''

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to France, (December 9, 2010)

 "Our common interest, President Yanukovych and I, in economy obviously means that we are interested in stability. This also means that we are interested in peace anywhere, particularly in the Middle East which also concerns the world."

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to Ukraine, (December 3, 2010)

 ''I explained to President Devisingh Patil how the absence of peace, due to the Israeli policies and despite Syria's relentless efforts to achieve it, aggravates tension and undermines Syria's endeavors for development and economic prosperity''.

From H.E's Statements during Indian President Devisingh Patil's Visit to Syria (November 27, 2010)

 '' Only the peace, based on the international legitimacy resolutions and the land-for-peace principle which restores the rights to their legitimate owners guarantees security, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.''

From H.E's Statements during Indian President Devisingh Patil's Visit to Syria (November 27, 2010)

 ''The continued situation of insecurity and instability that afflicted the Middle East for decades as a result of the absence of peace will only lead to more wars, unrest, and negative repercussions on the rest of the world, thus necessitating a serious stand by all nations and peoples who are eager for peace to put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict in our region.''

From H.E's Statements during Indian President Devisingh Patil's Visit to Syria (November 27, 2010)

 ''We stressed Syria's traditional stance seeking to achieve peace in the Middle East.''

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Romania, (November 10, 2010)

 ''The cooperation and prosperity aspired by our peoples will still be unattainable as long as tension and instability continue in the Middle East due to Israel's continued rejection of the land-for-peace principle and the UN resolutions which stipulate for restoring the occupied Arab territories to their legitimate owners and establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, as well as for guaranteeing the Palestinian refugees' right to return and ending the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan and the Lebanese territories."

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010)

 "This Israeli Government has sought since the beginning to undermine the Turkish role, and the issue of attacking the Freedom Flotilla /Marmara/ was a practical thing which harmed the Turkish-Israeli relations and the Turkish role in the peace process because Israel, before this attack, didn't accept the Turkish role as the current Israeli Government is not able or ready for achieving peace. So, how there could be a Turkish role if there is today…There is an absence of an Israeli partner and therefore I can not play a role in peace and neither does Turkey,"

From H.E.'s Al-Hayat Daily Interview, (October 27, 2010)

  " We can see a tangible thing when the all the Palestinian parties decide to be subjected to the inter-Palestinian interests and the inert-Palestinian factors not to the foreign ones…When they decide to reconcile with each other, they should reconcile as Palestinians…When this would be a Palestinian file only and not a regional or international file, the reconciliation can be achieved …as long as this file, event if only a part of it , is subject to other countries or is affected by other countries, I doubt that the Palestinian parties will reach a final solution in this case.''

From H.E.'s Al-Hayat Daily Interview, (October 27, 2010)

  "Israel is not ready and unwilling to offer anything to the peace process. It has been following a certain tactic to persuade the world that the process is unconvincing and doomedto failure.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

 ''We are still at the stage of dialogue, with slim hope that these attempts will achieve something at a minimum, because a principal party in the conflict, Israel, is not ready and unwilling to offer anything for the peace process. Israel is taking a tactical step to persuade the world in a process that has become unconvincing and doomed to failure; persuading the world that it wants peace and that the Arabs are who reject peace.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

 "There are initiatives and that is something new, but the atmosphere, the conditions and the requirements of the peace process depend on the political main parts; the Arab and Israeli sides. Every one knows that the Arab side wants peace, but the Israeli side is working in the opposite direction,"

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan, ( October 11, 2010)

 "We are not considering the statements issued by the Israeli government or other figures that have a role inside Israel which reflect a serious lack of will to reach peace, we are more concerned with the Israeli government's exercises, continued killing of Palestinians, continued siege on Gaza Strip, repeated murders in the West Bank and attempts to Judaize Jerusalem."

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan, ( October 11, 2010)

 "Syria reiterates its willingness in the just peace and consolidating bases of security and stability in this vital region of the world, and this will not be realized except by the restoration of the whole usurped rights according to the international relevant resolutions, the first factor of peace is preserving dignity, sovereignty and not abandoning any bit of soil or drop of water."

From H.E.'s Army Day Word(August 1, 2010)

 "Syria is today more stronger, has more determination, effectiveness, regional and international presence than before the whole world became certain that Israel is the side that obstructs peace process to escape its requirements,"

 From H.E.'s Army Day Word(August 1, 2010)

 ''The peace cannot be realized unless it is a comprehensive one; we can not talk about peace on the Syrian track without the Palestinian track,'' wondering how can negotiations begin on the Palestinian track in light of Palestinian division.''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

 "The conditions of stability that we have been seeking for decades seem to have decreased in recent months until now. Peace opportunities in the Middle East are less compared to war opportunities,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

 ''Syria has always worked for peace in the Middle East and the Arabs launched an initiative in 2002 to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.''

From H.E.'s Statements in Argentine  (July 3, 2010)

 "We want to work together as countries around the world to support the Security Council resolutions and the Arab Initiative and reach peace."

From H.E.'s Statements in Argentine  (July 3, 2010)

 ''Syria will continue working for achieving just and comprehensive peace based on the international legitimacy resolutions till the restoration of all its rights, particularly the occupied Syrian Golan.''

From H.E.'s Statements in Brazil (June 30, 2010)

 ''Syria has always believed that realizing peace in the Middle East is the only way to achieve security, stability and prosperity, not only in the Middle East, but also in other parts of the world.''

From H.E.'s Statements in Brazil (June 30, 2010)

 "We reject surrender. We accept only the real peace that gives the rights back to their owners. We don't support resistance because we are seeking conflicts or what they call violence. We don't know hatred even toward our aggressors, but at the same time we know determination and the difference between hatred and firmness. We are firm toward our causes without feeling hatred. Therefore, resistance is not terrorism. Terrorism for us is the Israeli practices, policies and intentions toward the Arab people and the peace process.''

 From H.E.'s address to the Syrian Expatriates in Venezuela  (June 27, 2010)

 ''In peace we keep trying. But with this government, it is something different from any previous Israeli government,''

 From H.E.'S BBC Interview (June 17, 2010)

 ''It- the Israeli attack against Freedom Flotilla- destroyed any chance for peace in the near future .Very simply, in a very simple way, mainly because it proved that this government is another pyromaniac government, and we cannot achieve peace with such government. Second because they attacked a Turkish aid. The Turks never attacked Israel; never smuggled weapons; never did anything harmful to Israel. They only work for peace, especially during the last few years, and they were the only mediator in the meantime and the relation between Turkey and Israel has deteriorated because of this raid.''

 From H.E.'S BBC Interview (June 17, 2010)

 ''What we have now as reference is mainly the United Nations or Security Council resolution.  It’s very important reference but it’s not defined.  It talks about the land occupied in ’67 but how can you define this land?  Israel talking about a different line, how can you define this line, I mean?  We wanted in that inquisition to define the line through one point and Israel wanted to define its security requirements.  So if we define these two things and we move to the direct negotiation, whenever you have arbiter this arbiter can play its role only through this paper, not like what happened in the ‘90’s when some politicians, some of them with a good will spoiled the process with good will but with enthusiasm but less with a lack of knowledge.  And others, self-serving politicians, spoiled it for their own interests.  Now we had this paper, anyone who wants to play a role, any mediator, any official, any arbiter, should play it through this paper and this is where we can succeed, not to have 19 wasteful years.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

''It’s always time for peace.  We don’t say it’s now time or it’s not time for peace.  It’s always time for peace.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

''Olmert deceived Prime Minister Erdogan four days before the invasion.  Prime Minister Erdogan called me on the phone and Olmert was in the other room having dinner and we started talking about the final deals of that paper.  And after one hour or actually more than one hour of discussion with Prime Minister Erdogan and even discussions with Olmert, he told me, Prime Minister Olmert told Erdogan that I’m going back to Israel and I will let you know about my final answer in a few days.  And the answer was attacking Gaza.  That’s where the Turks felt deceived and we felt the same.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

“If Israel is ready to return the Golan, we can not say no to a peace treaty. However, only a comprehensive solution can guarantee true peace. An agreement limited to Syria and Israel will leave the Palestinian issue unresolved. Rather than peace, it will be a truce. With some five million Palestinian refugees scattered around the Arab world, tension will remain strong. There is popular solidarity with the Palestinians. They will keep fighting for their rights”.

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010)

“Not longer than a few days ago, they- the Israelis- said literally these words: “We know that peace with Syria will not happen without the return of the Golan, up to the very last centimeter”.

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010)

"The peace process issue was on the table. Both countries are traditionally concerned in achieving peace in the Middle East. Russia is one of the main sponsors of the ME peace process launched in Madrid. This process is now at a standstill but during the standstill period, it is possible that some parties carry out procedures that may help boost peace opportunities and vice versa, they may carry out procedures that may completely blow up the peace process,"

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Russian President Medvedev, (May11, 2010) 

"Syria considers Palestinian expulsion from Jerusalem, the Israeli aggression against holy places and the siege on Palestinians in Gaza as measures and steps that might blow up the peace process entirely."

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Russian President Medvedev, (May11, 2010) 

''As far as the parties, there is the willing Arab Party; which has reflected this through the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002. The Israeli party, we all know and most of world countries interested in the peace know, is unwilling -for the peace-''.

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Russian President Medvedev, (May11, 2010)

''President Gul and I discussed the peace issue. The logical question might be what peace you are talking about…There is no peace, there is no peace process, and there is no partner. I assured President Gul that Syria is committed to the Turkish mediation in which we see a solution and a success, since a successful mediation means achieving peace."

From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

"It seems that peace is not required by the Israelis. But Syria affirms the Turkish mediation and role, and affirms that Israel is not a partner, at least in the current stage, and I don't believe that it was a partner in the preceding stage. Nobody in this region forgot what Ehud Olmert did when he wanted to respond to Prime Minister Erdogan within days on peace; the response was attacking Gaza and the killing of thousands,  not to mention what is happening now under the siege on Gaza and what is happening in Jerusalem,"

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

"''There are no conditions, but the rights. There is a difference between conditions and rights and we are talking about the rights. The rights are subject to no compromise, no surrender and no discussion. The rights are the basics of Mideast peace."

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Libya, (March 28, 2010)

"The only obstacle in the way of stability is the Israeli occupation, which continues the policy of killing, siege, settlement erection, demolition of Palestinian houses, Judaizing Jerusalem and rejecting all peace initiatives… Achieving peace will not be too far when there is a partner from the Israeli side that believes in the just and comprehensive peace based on resolutions of the international legitimacy and the return of rights to their owners,"

From H.E.'s Press Dinner Speech in honor of the Armenian President, (March 22, 2010)

"The conditions in the Middle East and Caucasus Regions were at the centre of out talks; especially the conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the halted Mideast Peace Process and what we hear every day of Israeli declarations threatening with war, rather than working for peace. Israel meets peace calls with the more of siege, killing and settlements construction; which could portend dire consequences,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with the Armenian President, (March 22, 2010)

"We have also dealt with the halted Mideast Peace; whereby our viewpoints were in agreement that the peace in the Middle East would be reflected security, and stability, upon Europe as well as the entire world,''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with the Italian President, (March 18, 2010)

"I have explained to President Napolitano the impracticability of peace realization because of the absence of the partner from the Israeli side,''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with the Italian President, (March 18, 2010)

I have half a million Palestinians and they have been living here for three generations now. So, if you do not find a solution for them, then what peace you are talking about?

What, I said, is the difference between peace and a peace treaty? Peace treaty is what you sign, but peace is when you have normal relations. So, you start with a peace treaty in order to achieve peace…. If they say you can have the entire Golan back, we will have a peace treaty. But they cannot expect me to give them the peace they expect…. You start with the land; you do not start with peace.

From His Excellency's ''Direct Quotes'' by the New Yorker, (February 3, 2010)

You need a special dictionary for their terms…. They do not have any of the old generation who used to know what politics means, like Rabin and the others. That is why I said they are like children fighting each other, messing with the country; they do not know what to do.

[The Israelis] wanted to destroy Hamas in the war [in December, 2008] and make Abu Mazen strong in the West Bank. Actually it is a police state, and they weakened Abu Mazen and made Hamas stronger. Now they wanted to destroy Hamas. But what is the substitute for Hamas? It is Al Qaeda, and they do not have a leader to talk to, to talk about anything. They are not ready to make dialogue. They [Al Qaeda] only want to die in the field.

From His Excellency's ''Direct Quotes'' by the New Yorker, (February 3, 2010)

  

''We have discussed how to get the Process of Peace from its impasse due to the absence of a serious Israeli Partner seeking indeed to the realization of peace in the Middle East, as we believe and as many in the world share this. Today, we are in front of an illusive partner presenting itself as a player or partner in the process of peace. The reality is diametrically the opposite. If we are to assert this, the Israeli used vocabularies as to manoeuvre in the process of peace are crystal clear.''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

 ''The fact is that these terms are numerous, that we have to carry in our pocket a dictionary as to interpret and translate the Israeli used vocabularies in this regard. Thus, when they-the Israelis- say they want negotiations with no preconditions; this means as far as the dictionary, that they want negotiations with no bases! The negotiations with no preconditions, or without the bases, are like a building with no foundations; it can be destroyed very easily, and they want to destroy the process of peace. Further, when they say that the Turkish mediator is biased, it means, as far as international vocabularies or their interpretations and translations internationally, that it- the Turkish mediator- was objective; and that objectivity in the process of peace would but lead to success; and that the success at this time is not required from Israel, as it was in the past! When they –the Israelis- say that peace would restore the land; we, then, have to start the negotiations, and, later on, the land, would come as a result! This means but negotiations in accordance with the Palestinian way, negotiations with no time limit!''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

''The return of the Land is to achieve the peace, and never the opposite. The return of the Land materially following the signature of a peace accord is only a procedural process''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

 ''I have explained to Chancellor Faymann the Syrian stance on the Process of Peace; that is the necessity of the withdrawal from the occupied Arab Territories in full to the borders of 1967; and the means as to achieve this very peace is the negotiations based on the UN Security Council Resolutions, which form the base for peace sponsor or mediators as to accomplish the peace,''

From His Excellency's Conference with Chancellor Faymann, (December 23, 2009)

 ''The peace is to affect us, positively and negatively in all aspects of life. The stability and peace in the Middle East is but the stability and peace in the entire world. It is well known that the stances of Austria are in support of the peace; Syria is a basic part in the process of peace; and both of us are in accord regarding the necessity to move the process of peace forward and moving as to support it,''

From His Excellency's Conference with Chancellor Faymann, (December 23, 2009)

 ''This process-Mideast Peace- is effectively blocked, at least since the Israeli attack on Gaza at the beginning of the year. We should always think about the interest of stability for the interest of peace. And peace, of course, leads to stability. I’m rather inclined towards optimism, even if there is no Israeli partner, and that’s what we discussed with Mr. Sarkozy.''

From His Excellency's France 2 TV Interview, (November 15, 2009)

 ''Yes, France can play an important role. They should defend the mediator role of Turkey, and persuade Israel to return to the negotiating table, with the Turkish mediator. We discussed this with President Sarkozy and we think he is able to [help] within the framework of his relations with Israel.''

From His Excellency's France 2 TV Interview, (November 15, 2009) 

''It goes without saying that the most important issue on the top of the priorities is the Peace between Arabs and Israelis, particularly on the Syrian track. The talks dealt also with the Mideast Process, halted for months, especially following the aggression against Gaza, a possible French role as to push forward the Process of Peace; hence this process cannot be made by one side; there is the Syrian side, who desires the peace, there is the Turkish Mediator ready to play the role of the mediator between Syria and Israel; there is a French, European and international backing for this process; what is missing today is the Israeli Partner, being ready as to make the peace or as to accomplish the peace,''

From His Excellency's Paris Visit Statements, (November 13, 2009)

 ''There are the basics for the process of peace and the Terms of Reference, based basically on the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. The negotiations were held in the 90's, and other negotiations were recently held in Turkey. If the Israelis were to be serious in the Process of Peace, there is the Turkish Mediator now declaring on ever occasion its readiness to play its role as to gather all the sides to the negotiations table. If the Israelis wanted to prove the truth of their words- about the peace- they have to go to the Turkish Mediator, who is present and ready. If Netanyahu were to be sincere- in his statements as to negotiate peace with Syria- he could send persons specialized with negotiations, and we would send, to Turkey, where they would discuss the issue of the peace, if the objective were to be the peace. Syria has no preconditions, Syria has but the rights, which Syria is never to surrender.''

From His Excellency's Paris Visit Statements, (November 13, 2009)

''The Process of Peace in the Middle East has its Terms of Reference: Madrid Terms of Reference, which stipulate the implementation of the Security Council Resolutions; the Israeli Government has to declare their acceptance of  these Principles, and the adoption of the said Terms of Reference  would re-launch the Process of Peace,''

From His Excellency's Le Figaro Interview, (November 13, 2009)

''We always speak of a European role as far as the Causes of the Middle East. France, historically taking the political leading role in Europe, has to move as far as Mideast Peace,''

From His Excellency's Le Figaro Interview, (November 13, 2009)

''Mideast Peace Process, and after 18 years since its start, shows that the illusive power of Israel is in the real weakness of Arabs. Once the Arabs would have the real power, they would be able to see the points of weakness of Israel. The more of power we, as Arabs, are to have, the more of the Peace we want is to be attained,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

''It is a mistake to believe that the peace comes through the negotiations; the peace comes through the Resistance. Therefore, we have to support the Resistance; henceforth we are supporting the process of peace. The Resistance and negotiations are but one; both of them aim to restore the legitimate rights, which we are never to surrender.''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

''The Resistance against occupation is but the national duty; and the support for the Resistance is the legitimate and moral duty. Supporting the Resistance is but the honour in which we take pride. This never negates our firm desire for the realization of the Just and Comprehensive Peace on the basis of the return of the occupied territories, on top of which comes the occupied Syrian Golan. But the failure of negotiations in restoring the full rights means automatically the Resistance solutions as an alternative solution,''

From His Excellency's Speech at COMCEC Istanbul Summit, (November 9, 2009)

''Tel Aviv has to understand a clear message: peace is the only thing to protect Israel. If Israel thinks that it is exposed to attacks, it is the peace only to protect it and not war,''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

''There exists a popular support in Syria for the continuation of Mideast Peace negotiations, as to achieve the Peace. This –the support- is very important for us, as Government and as State.  The solution, however, is to exist once there would be the partner, who is prepared to go in the same directions, from the Israeli Side,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Croatian President, (October 28, 2009)

''Of course, we need a mediator, broker, or sponsor for the process of peace negotiations. In the light of our last year experience with Turkey, when it brokered the indirect negotiations for 8 months, the Turkish Mediator was very successful in running the process of mediations,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Croatian President, (October 28, 2009)

''We agree with what President Obama of the United States has presented with regard to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and with regard to the withdrawal from Iraq. These Causes are, however, very complex; there are big titles, subtitles, and many details. So far, we have just heard of the titles, never heard of a discussion with the parties concerned, including Syria, as far as these details; without of which we can not draw up an execution plan, as to achieve the goal of Peace. The time is not in the interest of Mideast Peace Process; therefore, urgency is necessary. The European role lies here; this is what I have discussed with President Halonen: as not to lose this time, it is of top importance that we have together to move with the European Union, and European Countries, as to use this lost time to arrive as shortest as possible ,with the US Administration,  to the implementation of the Peace Process,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Finnish President, (October 22, 2009)  

''The most important topic of our discussions is the Peace Process. I have explained- during the talks- the Syrian stance as far as the Process, which has about two decades of time and which is halted for now. I reaffirmed Syria's commitment to this Process, and the popular support for the Syrian Government to pursue the Process of Peace. Further, I have reaffirmed our commitment to the basics upon which the Process of Peace is based, in particular the UN Security Council Resolutions, the Principle of the Land for the Peace, as the Term of Reference established by the Conference of Madrid in /1991/,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Finnish President, (October 22, 2009)

''It is from this very trust that we have started to work together for the stability of the region; we have had not even a slight doubt that the essence for this stability and the prelude for this stability are but the realization of the Just and Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East. We have translated this joint action through the indirect negotiations between Syria and Israel in Istanbul, which lasted for eight months, preceded by joint coordination and preparation between me and Premier Erdoğan directly, for more than 13 months. Syria has once more proved during those negotiations, I say once more because in the 90's there were negotiations, her keenness on the realization of peace, through the serious participation in these negotiations. The Turkish mediator, who for the first time plays such a role, has also proved to be an objective and just broker, playing very skilfully his role.''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

''Israel, however, has once more asserted its rejection for peace, clinging to its ever stance destroying every peace realization initiative, responding to every initiative of such a type with new wars, and horrible massacres. This is what has happened! In 2002 following the Arab Peace Initiative, Israel committed massacres in Jenin, and the West Bank; in 2006 Israel launched its aggression against Lebanon. Four days after my telephone conversation with Premier Erdogan, which lasted up to the midnight when the then Israeli Premier was there in Turkey, Israel started its aggression against Gaza! We have had the hope that time has been ripe to complete a basic thing in the indirect negotiations; we have been surprised that the Israeli response was the attack against Gaza and the perpetrated massacres. However, the absence of the Israeli partner would not change our vision for the peace, and would never make us slow in working for the realization of the peace. This is to be through the pursuance of dialogue as to outline different notions, which could be transformed into a working plan. Once the partner from the Israeli side exists, we could quickly move on and accomplish an agreement, which could make of peace a realistic fact, rather than an illusion or a cover up for wars and massacres against the innocent.''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

'' To be realistic, we talk about an illusionary partner, never existed since the existence of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The hope for the existence of such a partner has been on the decline, particularly with the increase of the Israeli extremism following the 1967 aggression; which is increased day by day at the level of governments, and –Israeli-public opinion!''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

 ''We all know that the Process of Peace was established on the basis the Land for Peace; that is to say,  land for land does not exist; peace for peace does not exist; what does exist is the Land for peace and he who rejects the Land, rejects the peace,''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

''We had direct meetings with Israel in the 1990s. But we were not able to talk about concrete issues. There were main headings but no subheadings; in other words, there were no details. There were uncertainties. Because there was a failure to fill in the details, the 1990s meetings were not successful. When we started to meet again, but with Turkey as mediator, we started to talk about the details. When we reach a concrete point, we will be able to hold direct meetings. It is for this reason that we always want to shift to direct meetings once we reach a certain point through indirect meetings with Turkey's mediation.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009)

''Israel, in general, is not, at present, or in the short run, prepared for the realization of peace. As far as we are concerned, all the Governments of Israel are alike; since 1991, up to day, nothing serious has been realized in the process of peace. Consequently, the difference among them- Israeli Governments- is a difference in tactics and form; in substance, the essence is the same. The Israeli Polls assert that the Israelis, in general, are not yet willing for the peace; that they do not want to return the entire Land,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of H. E. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to Syria, (September 3, 2009)

''I reiterated to President  Christofias that the commitment and cling of Syria to the Just and Comprehensive Peace, based on the Principle of the return of the occupied Arab Territories in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, in return for peace and the implementation of the United Nations Resolutions, stem from our principled stance; that the stability and security in the Middle East would never be realized, but through the realization of the peace; however,  the non-existence of an Israeli partner in the Peace Process, reacting to peace calls with the more of wars, would bring to the region and to the world, the more of instability and terrorism escalation''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of President Demetris Christofias of Cyprus to Syria, (August 31, 2009)

“We do seek the Just and Comprehensive Peace; however, the difference is huge between the sincere call for the realization of this Peace in implementation for International Legitimacy Resolutions and the acceptance of the Israeli demands, which contradict the basics of the Peace evading its requirements. The Peace and occupation are contradictory, and are never to meet together. The return of all the occupied territories to the borders of June 4th, 1967 is never to be for negotiations or for compromise. The Syrian Arab Golan is to ever remain Arab in the hand, face, and tongue; Syrian in air, water, Land, and Man, and is to fully return to the bosom of the Motherland.” 

 From His Excellency's  speech on the 64th Anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army Foundation Day, (August 1, 2009)

“I have explained to President Aliyev the theme of stability in the Middle East, which passes through the process of peace, which has passed through different experiences, but remained moving from failure to another, since its start in 1991, due to the Israeli intransigency and rejection to abide by the International Legitimacy Resolutions , which affirm the return of all the rights, on top of which the Occupied Territories to their owners, and, for us in Syria, of course, on top of which is the Occupied Golan.”

From His Excellency’s Azerbaijan visit Press Statements, (July 8, 2009)

“I have clearly expressed to President Aliyev our stance in commitment to the peace; at the same time, however, the stance is committed to the entire rights with no surrender whatsoever. This means that without the return of the Occupied Territories, there could never be an achievement for peace in the Middle East.”

From His Excellency’s Azerbaijan visit Press Statements, (July 8, 2009)

“Our region is passing through a very grave stage because of the continued Israeli rejection for peace. Syria, in the meantime, has ever expressed her commitment to the peace in return for the restitution of the rights to their owners. Because of the continued presence of anti-peace Israeli governments, we could not have reached to the peace,”

 From His Excellency’s Press Statements during President Papoulias of Greece  Visit, (June 24, 2009)

“We have discussed the process of peace in the Middle East; viewpoints were identical regarding the necessity for the realization of the just and comprehensive peace, based on the international legitimacy resolutions, which stipulate the inadmissibility of the continued Israeli occupation of the Arab Territories, on top of which is the occupied Syrian Golan. An assertion was made that the realization of peace demands the partner-Israel- and an Israeli commitment to the principles of International Law, related United Nations resolutions, and the principle of the Land for peace. At present this Israeli partner does not exist.”

 From His Excellency’s Press Statements during President Papoulias of Greece  Visit, (June 24, 2009)

“If there is any positive point to be counted for the peace process, it is the fact that it exposed Israel and revealed its truth to the world. This state, which has been aggressive in origin and intentions, has for decades portrayed itself as an innocent ‘lamb’ which wants peace with the ‘wolves’ surrounding it, including the original Palestinian owners of the land. But the failure of this process up till now has starkly shown that Israel is the greatest obstacle to peace.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“Today, too, after another experience with Israel, and after the indirect talks through Turkey, this truth has been proven once again, which leads to another truth: political failure to restore legitimate rights to their owners will give resistance the right to carry out its duty and restore them.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“ We, in Syria in particular and as Arab countries in general, have never changed our positions towards peace as a strategic objective that should be attainted some day (of course through the full return of the rights, particularly the full return of occupied territories). But at the same time, our pure and honest intensions towards peace would not make us overlook the facts or the legitimate and logical questions that help us conduct an accurate reading of the future.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“Is it possible for a state to work for peace while it is founded on illegitimate occupation, continuous killing of the indigenous Palestinian people, and carrying out massacres in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza for decades? How can such a state be our partner in the peace process while it has always hindered, implicitly and explicitly, the possibility of reaching any agreement during the whole span of the peace process since it was launched? How can it be, when it has chosen the most extremist government in its history?”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“ I do not believe that any of us is unaware of the racist segregation wall in the West Bank, or the slow death meted out on Gaza by imposing a blockade against it and destroying its fields, or the systematic Judaization of Jerusalem in order to have a completely Jewish state with all its implications in the ultimate expulsion of about two million Palestinians in a new, and maybe final, act of ethnic cleansing.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“Israel should not be rewarded for its crimes; rather we should link any development of the relations, if they exist at all, to the degree it expresses, in concrete terms, its commitment to just and comprehensive peace, the return of the legitimate rights, and its withdrawal from the occupied territories in Palestine, the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“Our commitment to the peace is as firm as our commitment to the return of our occupied territories in full.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

“I have discussed with President Abdullah Gül the new international situation and the relative détente of the international situation, and how to use this détente for pushing the process of peace in the region forward. The Syrian stance is declared and clear, and the brothers in Turkey know the details of this stance. Syria is committed to the peace as much as it is committed to the occupied Syrian Territories, the Golan,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

“The process of peace could never remain within the frame of general titles and slogans.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Slovakia visit, (April 29, 2009)

“There is a new mood in the world today. This does not mean that every thing is positive; there is a positive mood and a wave of optimism; which are restricted to a certain period; and which may not continue; and we do not know when they are to end,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009)

“We, however, focused at the process of peace, started in Madrid in 1991. We today are in 2009; that is after 18 years from the start of that process, seeing that the reality does not reflect the presence of any real peace. Rather, we see the more of blood though of some on and off negotiations for which the results were later to be the opposite,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009)

“Since the assassination of Rabin, we have never seen any real indication on the ground towards peace process.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009)

“The negotiations were indirect negotiations for the purpose of probing the intentions of the other party; because after eight years of paralysis in the peace process, the war on Lebanon and attacks on Syria, there was no trust at all. Of course, after the failure in the nineties following ten or nine years of the negotiations, we do not have any trust in the other party. So, it was about probing and this was based on the issue of the Golan Heights, the line of 1967. We gave the Turks a map on which there are a few points on that line and the Israelis were supposed to agree upon those points. Of course, as we heard from Prime Minister Erdoğan, Olmert was ready to give back the whole Golan Heights and this means there should be no problem in those points.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

“What should be said is whether those points are on the line or not. If not, we say, no, we do not agree and we stop the negotiations. If yes, this should be documented through the Turks. Of course, they did not say yes or no; they always use ambiguous words such as, ‘we are going to see, it is negotiable, etc.' But we said no, because lines and lands are not negotiable. We negotiate everything except for the land. The land should come back fully, but this is where they played games and then few days later they attacked Gaza and everything failed. This is what happened. We were very close to a settlement but that was what Olmert did. On the phone when I was talking to Erdoğan, Olmert was there having dinner with him. Erdogan called me and we spent an hour on the phone and then our minister of foreign affairs continued with his advisor.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

“Actually, more, because even in 2000 we did not talk about these points. This was the first time to talk about them. So, if we could have reached something, it would have been much more important than what we reached in the nineties. But, then, nothing happened and we are back to square one, again.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

“We do not relate our vision of peace to what happens in Israel, whether it is a change in the government or having an attack or whatsoever. We never saw that Israel changed its policy towards the Arabs and towards peace. That is why we said it was probing the intention. This is first. Second, we do not have conditions. It is our land and there is a difference between conditions and rights. We have rights; we do not have conditions. Golan is not a condition; it is a right. So, we should be very precise because when they say they are ready to resume the negotiations only without pre-conditions, they mean the land. Whereas, the land is not a condition; it is a right. The only condition is to be committed to the international conditions. The international conditions are Security Council Resolutions; these are international conditions, not Syrian conditions.”

 From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

“This means peace without land and it means there is no peace. For them, and even for us, peace is different from a peace treaty. Peace is when you have peace between the people. You can have a peace treaty without regaining the land, but you cannot have peace; and a peace treaty does not bring you normal relations. Of course, we do not accept it anyway: but if they are looking for this, it does not work. It does not bring peace. Therefore, there is nothing called "peace for peace".”

 From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

“The Arab Peace Initiative is suspended and dead, because and since its issuance, there was no partner. Because there is no partner for this imitative, it does not exist. It exists only in our minds and on the paper; in reality it does not exist,”

 From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

“When a country talks about peace, while the Israeli enemy is carrying out killings in Palestine; the political role and activity would be weakened. The process of peace is like any other thing if to be circulated in the market as in  many quantities currency, it is to be devaluated,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

“We are the owners of the land; nobody is entitled to replace us. The Peace is my peace and that of Lebanon and Palestine,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

“Israel does not desire the peace; what is the alternative, or the parallel way for peace process? It is resistance. The Israel did not accept the carrots; there should come the sticks. Once any Israeli Government were to declare its preparedness to return the occupied territories in full, we could start negotiation,”

 From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

“It is undoubtedly that we as the Arab side, and since we have issued the Arab Initiative for Peace, do not have a real partner in the peace process, which can not be accomplished only by one Arab side. From a practical side, this Initiative is inactive; even if we work to activate it, because the conditions for its activation are not complete; this is because Israel would not accept an initiative bases on the terms of reference which would return the rights to their owners. That is, it is Israel which is killing the Initiative and not the Doha Summit, as some have prorogated. This Initiative is not a new Terms of Reference; rather it is a frame for the Terms of Reference, to which Arabs cling for the realization of peace,”

From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009)

“The realization of peace is strategic for Syria. Whatever change in Israel is merely tactical. We have outlined the basics of the peace. When Olmert presented his desire for Erdogan that he wants negotiations with Syria, the dialogue with Erdogan persisted for a year or more, till we reached to the point that Olmert was prepared to return the Golan Heights in full, when he said this to Erdogan, we started the indirect negotiations,”

 From His Excellency Assafir Daily Interview, (March 25, 2009)

"I'm not concerned about Netanyahu's thinking, but of the return of the right-wing of Israeli society, which Netanyahu's rise reflects. This is the biggest obstacle to peace."

 From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

“The outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Olmert had informed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Israel was willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights.”;

"We were within reach of an agreement."

 From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

"He- Erdogan- wanted to talk to me urgently. There was only one obstacle in the direct talks: An Israeli acceptance of a document marking the 1967 border line, which passes in six geographical points along il Lago di Tiberiade - Buharit Tabaria- e il Giordano".

  From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

“The course of events during the latest few years has proved that the realization of peace is the vital interest for all. The basics for the process of peace are quite clear; that is the return of the Land on the bases of Madrid Terms of Reference, the principle of the Land for the Peace, Resolution 242, and the return of the Golan: the full return of the Land is the Principle not to be discussed.”

 From His Excellency Al-Khaleej Newspaper Interview, (March 9, 2009)

“The Arab Peace Initiative (API) without peace has no value. If peace was to be realized on the bases of the Peace Terms of Reference (PTR) - UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, and the Principle of the Land for Peace- then, in accordance with API, Arab countries would sign. We negotiate on the bases of the PTR, and not on the bases of API, which is NOT the PTR. PTR are present including the right to return. If Olmert were to say now that he were prepared for negotiations, what would we say to him? Regardless of the API, we say to him you are a criminal; we do not negotiate with a criminal,”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

“There are no longer any negotiations, not with this Israeli government. We had no great hopes before, because it was a weak government. We need a strong party on the other side to be able to make peace.”

From His Excellency Der Spiegel Interview, (January 19, 2009)

“As far as the coming Israeli government is concerned, we will not lose hope. However, the tendency seems to be for each successive generation in Israel to become more radicalized. Perhaps the next one won't be interested in making peace at all, but just fighting.”

From His Excellency Der Spiegel Interview, (January 19, 2009)

“This is truer than ever. Peace without Syria is unthinkable.”

From His Excellency Der Spiegel Interview, (January 19, 2009)

“The only option left for the Israelis is to abide to peace with its due prerequisites. The peace is never to be attained as long as the title to take pride in Israel remains through whom to more blood-stain his/her hands with the blood of Arabs. We do not see this option- peace option- now, and would never see it tomorrow till we change it through our will in the absence of their will.”

From His Excellency Speech at Gaza Summit of Doha, (January 16, 2009)

“The more we go ahead in providing proofs for our serious desire for peace, and the more of compromises we offer for peace, the more Israel goes ahead with its intransigency and disregard for our legitimate rights,”

From His Excellency Speech at Gaza Summit of Doha, (January 16, 2009)

  “It is natural that in a later stage, we are to move to direct negotiations; Peace can not be achieved only through the indirect negotiations, it is like a process of construction: we construct the solid foundations, and then, construct the building, and not the opposite. What we are doing through the indirect negotiations is to lay the foundation for this huge building; if the foundation base is successful, the direct negotiations would be a successful stage, and then, naturally, the peace is realized. As far as we are concerned, the base is the commitment to related UN Security Council Resolutions; this is what Syria asserts, this is the stance of the most of the world countries, including Croatia.”

From His Excellency Joint Press Conference with His Croatian Counterpart, H. E. Stjepan Mesic, (December 22, 2008)

   “We still see the motto of peace used as part of the domestic political game in Israel, as a fundamental element of the foreign political maneuvers whirlpool, which hides of facts more than shows,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “Peace has never been the basic preoccupation for the Israelis; their preoccupation, however, is security with its bottle-necked meaning, and which is, as far as their vision, not to be realized but at the expense of Arabs’ security and rights.”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “It is necessary in this stage to restore matters into their due course; it is neither acceptable nor logical from now on that Arabs are to continue presenting proofs and evidences in demonstration of the Arabs’ desire in peace, the desire we have announced and expressed on different many occasions, and for many decades, especially since the convening of Madrid Conference in 1991.”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

  “The Israelis have to provide proofs and to express through deeds their willingness for peace; they have to convince us, the Arabs, with this; hence they occupy our territories, launch aggression against our people, and displace the millions of our families,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “The Israelis have been carrying out all of these things and using them as a mask to get the more of yielding; they, however, are never to get any yielding from Syria.”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “The indirect talks with Israel have not yet reached any result. We are at the beginning of the road, and the halt in the negotiations was caused by the ministerial crisis. We need to wait for a stabilization of the domestic situation in Israel. As for the intentions ascribed to the Israeli officials, we can’t take them into consideration since they say one thing and do something other than what they promise. Our experience tells us that we have to wait and see what they’re going to do. Will the new prime minister be in favor of negotiations on the basis that we have previously agreed on and which stipulate the full return of the Golan Heights, or will there be new conditions for these negotiations? When a new premier is elected we will see.”

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

 “They are only restricted to the defining of the principles which might govern the direct negotiations. Thus, the indirect talks are like preliminary contacts that might, if agreement were to be reached to, launch the direct negotiations, which need the more of efforts and time.”

 From His Excellency intervention at the Syrian National Progressive Front Meeting  (September 23, 2008)

 “I would like to make it clear that what is taking place now is not negotiations with the full meaning of negotiations; it is similar to what happened before Madrid Conference in 1991; when the then US Secretary of State, James Baker, shuttled between Syria and Israel as to lay down the bases for the direct negotiations launched in Madrid Conference,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 “Following four rounds of negotiations, the fifth round was due to be held. However, the resignation of the Israeli delegation big negotiator has led to the postponement of  this round, which was due to decide the course of these negotiations,”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

 “There were points presented by Israel, there is the line of withdrawal presented by Syria. We have defined 6 points in this subject, and posted them as a deposit to the Turkish negotiator. Once Israel would give points by its side to the Turkish side, our positive response to the presented principles from Israel would be deposited to the Turkish side. Then, we would move forward to the direct negotiations once a new US Administration convinced with the process of peace would be there.”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

 “We need the support of all countries, basically France, Qatar, and Turkey, so that we would be secured that the coming prime minister of Israel would pursue the way which Olmert pursued through the willingness as to fully withdraw from the occupied territories, so that peace would be achieved.”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

 “We have asked, in this phase – of the negotiations- President Sarkozy to support the phase of the indirect negotiations, hence they are the only way for direct negotiations,”

 From His Excellency Statements in a joint press conference with President Sarkozy of France (September 3, 2008)

 “We can not construct a building without the presence of strong foundations. Currently, we are in the stage of laying the foundation stones down; that means firstly confidence among the parties of the peace process, and secondly the basics and terms of reference, upon which direct negotiations to depend. Once we have prepared these factors or elements, we would be able to move forward to the direct negotiations, which need the presence of the United States of America, along with the other parties participating in sponsoring the process of peace. Then, we can say that the sponsors of the peace process are the USA, France, Turkey, of course, as a fundamental country, and any other country interested; this is a very good thing to have the number of the countries interested in the process of peace increased.”

 From His Excellency Statements in a joint press conference with President Sarkozy of France (September 3, 2008)

 “Moving from indirect to direct peace negotiations with Israel depends on how much Israel and Syria are serious,”

 From His Excellency Statements in France (July12-14, 2008)

 “Once the occupied land is returned, naturally, a peace agreement is to be signed. We talk of the just band comprehensive peace on all the tracks of peace: the Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian. Such a peace on these tracks is the peace which would achieve the real peace among people following the signature of an accord.”

 From His Excellency Statements in France (July12-14, 2008) 

“Syria has always been for peace, worked and would work in the future for the realization of the just and comprehensive peace. The problem, however, is that during the latest years, the current US Administration has been paying no interest for the launching the process of peace.” 

From His Excellency Statements in India (June 18th, 2008) 

“First of all, as you said, Syrian land is occupied by Israel so they have to give us back our land. We don't have something to give but we have something to achieve together, which is peace. It is not something we have. So, if both sides achieve a certain treaty, including giving back the Golan Heights, this means achieving peace. The other thing besides the land is discussing normal relations, water, security arrangements and all these details that are related to the concept of peace. As I said, it is something we achieve together, but Israel has the land and should give it back.”

From His Excellency Indian Daily, the Hindu Interview (June 12th, 2008)

 “The Israelis have been talking about negotiations without pre-conditions. So, they cannot ask for conditions for the negotiations, and they have not asked either. This is first. Second, Hamas is related to the Palestinian Track and we are talking about the Syrian track; we are not responsible for that track. Hizbollah is part of the Lebanese track and we are not in Lebanon today. So, we are only talking about the Syrian track. This is our position.”

From His Excellency Indian Daily, the Hindu Interview (June 12th, 2008) 

"Syria is not against direct negotiations. We have agreed to them since the [1991] Madrid Middle East Peace Conference... whenever the atmosphere was appropriate for direct negotiations," "Success of the negotiations depends on the Israeli side and is related to the capability of the Israeli government and its stability to achieve this success,", "We have explained our vision for peace and are waiting for the Israeli response. However, our earlier experience in negotiations with Israel was not encouraging, and what Syria is doing now is making sure that Israel is ready for peace,"

From His Excellency Statements during His UAE Visit (June 3rd, 2008)

 “We have dealt with peace mediation efforts with the same approach; you come to talk about mediation, and I tell you these are my rights. Only through this way, we can start peace negotiations with certain basics, certain prerequisites; we do not call them conditions, but prerequisites. Without these different points, it would be a waste of time. We need a clear-cut announcement by Olmert that he wants peace, second, that Olmert would present to the Turkish mediator: Erdogan- the Turkish Premier, that he was prepared to return the Golan. If Olmert was not prepared to return the Golan, there is no need to talk about this topic. “,  “ The direct negotiations need a sponsor, which is only the United States. Unfortunately, the current US Administration doesn’t possess neither the vision nor the will for peace process.”

 From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008)

 “ The basic role in the peace process is for the US because of its relation with Israel; not because it is stronger or weaker; but because the US has strong relations with Arab sides, and further stronger with Israel. There is a need for a party to exert pressure on Israel, or to influence it in the peace process. Russia can not play this role today, neither could play it in the past.”

 From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008)

“ No success whatsoever is to take place  in light of the Israeli intransigency. When Lavrov- the Russian Foreign Minister- visited Syria, he was not clear regarding the content of such a conference. It is not suffice to talk about the conference; what does a conference mean? Is it to meet around the table? What is important is the content. So far, we have received nothing regarding the content; we are not sure about the convening date of such a conference. The problem is not only the Israeli intransigency; but is within the US Administration, which has a big saying to this effect. So far nothing clear before us as to make us optimistic, though we have backed whatever conference to be convened in Moscow considering its credibility with Arabs as far as the cause of peace. Would Moscow be allowed to succeed? We do not trust neither Israel, nor the US.”

 From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008)

“ Syria avails every opportunity as to reiterate her willingness for the establishment of the just and comprehensive peace in implementation for the related international legitimacy resolutions.”" The principle for Syria is to reject whatever talks or secret contacts with Israel whatever they might be. Syria is to declare for the public opinion -every peace-related- issue. The criterion for accepting whatever talks that they should be characterized with seriousness in commitment to the United Nations resolutions, especially when the Israeli side knows very well what is accepted by Syria and what is not .”

 From His Excellency Speech at the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Central Command Meeting  (April 20th 2008)

“If wars and occupations were to be among the most dangerous issues we have encountered  last decades, the battle of peace was of no less importance; we ,all, have realized ,from long years , the importance of peace; and expressed this from more than three decades out of our belief in just and comprehensive peace, and our willingness to achieve peace, passing through Madrid Conference in 1991, reaching to the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002, which was a clear-cut expression for our intention as Arab countries together to achieve peace, if Israel were to express the real willingness to this effect.”

 From His Excellency Opening  Speech of  20th Arab Summit  (March29th 2008)

“Though of every thing we have made, and if the Israeli aggressive behaviour through all of its history is to be put aside; how was the Israeli instant  response for this Initiative ? Israel overran the West Bank, imposed siege on the Palestinians, killed the children and women; we all remember Jenin Massacre and the hundreds of martyrs. Israel, further, continued to build the more of settlements, erected the racial discrimination wall, followed that with aggression against Syria and Lebanon, and pursued its political assassinations, worked without a halt as to push the Israeli public opinion towards the more of extremism  and intransigency against  Arabs, rejecting to respond for the requirements of the just and comprehensive peace; all of this takes place before the eyes of world and its incapacity to take a decisive active stance as to derail it from its actions, and under the title of guaranteeing the security of Israel, as a pretext propagated for by Israel and who support it to justify its aggressive actions! Apart from the concept of a unilateral security, as if the security of Arabs was not to be considered, which proves the aggressive viewpoint against Arabs, individuals and states; We underline that the security is never to be realized but through the peace; and not through aggression and wars which would bring but the more of suffering. The peace is never to be realized but through the withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, the restoration of the rights in full. That is to say, the Israeli concept of security first is not realizable, because the occupation contradicts both the security and peace. If the security was not to be mutual including the Arab side, it- security- remains but an illusion never existent; save that when those who have this view- security first- were to suppose or were to be in waiting from the owners of the land to surrender to the occupation, or the for the free  to accept being transformed into slaves! Considering the experience of history, such logic is defeated; even if it was to exist during some moments, it is but temporary and tricky to be followed only with the  more of wars, destructions and blood.”

 From His Excellency Opening  Speech of  20th Arab Summit  (March29th 2008)

“Peace, however, would never be realized without the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian Arab People, in particular the establishment of its independent State with Jerusalem as the capital and the return of the refugees. It is important to point out that the consolidation of the Palestinian National Unity and the resort to dialogue and interaction would bolster the process of the Palestinian People toward the regaining of the rights. This is the responsibility to be shouldered by all; and Syria is to leave no stone unturned as to provide whatever needed to get this aim realized.”

From H. E. Press Statements in Turkey  ( October 17, 2007)

 " Trust is missing between us and the Israelis. This trust today, even if it a little bit existed previously, is frankly null. We trust the Turks , there is a reciprocal trust to a big extent between us; and we told the Turks that once we were to receive the said guarantees, we can by then say that the climate is prepared for peace. Then, we can talk with other forces, and especially with the USA, as to resume the negotiations. However, we are quite certain that this US Administration has never worked for peace."

" The Arab-Israeli conflict is a 60 year old one, has never been started by personal differences as to be concluded with personal-related matters statements; there are the basics and principles; and once the Israelis respond to these basics and principles , and the destiny of these rights, we can by then evaluate the Israeli stance. Every thing we have so far heard is but an oratory speech-tailored words away from the reality on the ground!"

From H. E. ’s Al Shirouq Daily Interview  ( October 11, 2007)

 " The opportunities for peace now do not exist in reality; for example, at the Palestinian level, there is a division. Peace needs national consensus first of all, which is not available. The US Administration lacks both the vision and the will for peace, Israel lacks at least the will; I do not know whether the vision exists or not; but the Israeli government is weak. A weak government can launch a war, but can never realize peace…. Unfortunately, the current Israeli government is unable to provide any guarantee for peace and the return of the rights…. Perhaps the issue of normalization stands behind the conference aim, or the issue of diverting the US public opinion or the western opinion from the issue of Iraq, where failure has been clear. They have been trying in vain to deal with the consequences of the failure in Iraq. Consequently, perhaps they have decided as to go for the peace process with the aim of realizing something, even illusive to present to the public opinion."

From H. E. ’s Al Shirouq Daily Interview  ( October 11, 2007)

 “From this point the Syrian keenness stems as to bolster the factors of her strength, Army and people, in all fields and at all levels; while seeking the just and comprehensive peace on the bases of the International Legitimacy resolutions and the principle of the land for the peace, working sincerely as to achieve this, in strong belief that the real peace is the guarantee for ending tension, serving justice to the rights, realizing security and stability for all of the region.”

From H. E. ’s Word to the Syrian Army and Armed Forces,  (August 1, 2007)

 “Our desire for peace in no way means the renunciation of our rights. Syria, leadership, people, and army, is never to accept but the restoration of the Golan fully to the borders of June 4, 1967. The liberation of our occupied land is the  sacred duty, before being the legitimate right guaranteed by the international legitimacy and its affiliated organizations resolutions.”

 From H. E. ’s Word to the Syrian Army and Armed Forces,  (August 1, 2007)

 “ We are firm to our stances and preparedness for the just and comprehensive peace on the basis of relevant International Legitimacy; ready for the resumption of peace negotiations on the basis of the principle of “ the land for peace”, and the full return of the Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967.”

 From HE’s Second Presidential Term Inauguration Speech , ( July 17, 2007)

 “ As to be assured that the negotiations will not be regarding the territory, hence the territory is to be restored fully, we negotiate other issues: define the line of June 4, 1967, on the map, discuss security arrangements, relations, as it happened during Rabin days,”

 From HE’s Second  Presidential Term Inauguration Speech , ( July 17, 2007)

 "peace should be based on a number of factors and all parties should be ready to commit themselves to the terms of this peace since it was launched in Madrid 1991." "The achievement of peace also requires a fair sponsor who has interest to end tension in the region and has actual Will to tackle this issue… and this sponsor is not existed now,"

From HE’s Speech before the Syrian Parliament in ‏2007‏‏‏( May 15, 2007)

"We repeatedly denied any secret meetings because we reject this principle. The Syrian people support their government in the peace process and in negotiations… so there is no need to hide this matter behind," "We didn't charge anyone to negotiate on behalf of us… but we encourage any party to play a role, particularly countries which have respect and want to play a serious role and have credibility,"

From HE’s Speech before the Syrian Parliament in ‏2007‏‏‏( May 15, 2007)

"We told them you should come with all needed requirements of peace process… and when they proposed that Syria was ready for negotiations without preconditions, they started to say and write that Syria abandoned everything… we say no.. Resolutions 242 and 338 are not Syrian conditions, they are international resolutions which were not put by us... they are international conditions put in 1967,"

From HE’s Speech before the Syrian Parliament in ‏2007‏‏‏( May 15, 2007)

"It is illogic to say that peace process means to cancel all what we agreed upon and go backwards… the land is a base and we will not abandon it… it will be resorted completely," " there should be a fair sponsor that should work in light of UN Security Council resolutions… these are the requirements of peace, they are not conditions." "We don't want to foil the peace process, we are talking about requirements, not conditions… there are no Syrian conditions, but there are requirements and Syria will not relinquish those requirements," "peace to Syria is a strategy and her call to peace expresses willingness and efforts to restore the occupied lands and achieve security and stability to her people."

From HE’s Speech before the Syrian Parliament in ‏2007‏‏‏( May 15, 2007)


   “Theoretically 80 percent of the issues were solved and what remained is 20 percent , and the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories doesn't need more than six months if the Israeli are honest toward the peace process .”

From HE’s Interview with  the Kuwaiti Anba Daily ,  (October 7, 2006)

 " It is a conditional peace with clear bases, but it is the speech of last opportunities…when I talked about generations, this mean that these doors which are opened now are narrowing, and by time we will not see these doors and the other rejecting part for peace which is' Israel ' has to exploit the subject."

From HE’s Interview with Dubai TV, (August 24, 2006)

 "We are convinced that the natural way to achieve peace is through negotiations. But when this option fails, or when it is not available in the first place, resistance, in its different forms, is the alternative for restoring rights. Resistance is not necessarily or exclusively armed, it could be cultural or political or might take different forms of rejection. So, supporting resistance aims at achieving peace not war through deterring against aggression. If this does not work, it might be through war in order to liberate the land. Resistance is not contradictory to peace or an alternative for it. In our circumstances at least, it is necessary for the achievement of peace. Otherwise, the result will be that we will lose the battle of war and the battle for peace, particularly that Israel and those who stand behind it have shifted completely to adopting the military option based on pre-emptive war, while we the Arabs have remained in our place discoursing and negotiating with ourselves convinced of a promised peace with an illusory party which prepares itself on a daily basis for its next aggression on the Arabs ."

From HE’s Speech to Journalists Union 4th Conference, (August 15, 2006)

 "The peace process between Syria and Israel that started in 1991. It is paralyzed now. We have daily blood shed in our region: in Iraq, in Palestine and in the occupied territories in Syria and Lebanon. They tried to make an embargo against Syria while they wanted us to help them in the security issues. They tried to prevent any kind of support from European countries to Syria. They work against the association between Syria and the EU They prevented even private companies from coming to Syria and helping in the development in our country."

From HE’s Interview with PBS US TV Network, (March 30, 2006)

 "Israel has blocked all the roads to the Middle East peace process, not only because of the rejection by Israeli successive governments to respond to the peace requirement and continued denial of the Arab basic rights but also because the current international situation and influential power are not ready to push the peace process forward, as well as for the backing down of the international community to meet their obligation towards the peace process and stability in the region."

From HE’s Speech to Arab Lawyers, (January 21, 2006)

 

 "This issue- Peace Process- has a number of facets, firstly the Israelis either on the government level or the people's level do not have any interest, nor there is any serious popular tendency toward the peace process, and this might be attributed to the circumstances in the past years, but of course such circumstances are not an excuse for them to break away from peace. Secondly there is Syria or other Arab parties which are involved in the peace process such as the Palestinians or the Lebanese, but this desire (for peace) has not changed at least for Syria. The issue of peace is still standing on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions."

From HE’s Interview with Turkish TV , (December 28, 2005)

 "Since we have not talked today about resolutions 338 and 242 because they have become self evident for us, and because we know that we waste our time when we talk about the non-implementation of international legitimacy resolutions and the double standards and all that"

From a Speech by HE at Damascus University, (November 10, 2005)

 "Well, let me start from the memoir of President Clinton, who mentioned that round in Shepherdstown [West Virginia, at a January 2000 summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa]. And he said Syria was ready to make peace and it was forthcoming toward peace, but Barak couldn't deliver. So we were ready in 2000, and we were ready in 1991, when the peace process launched in Madrid."

From HE’s Interview with CNN, (October 12, 2005)

 "Of course Israel has been proposing that we should go back to the negotiations without any preconditions. Many of the delegations that visited Syria asked about the Syrian conditions. When we say we don’t have any conditions they are usually surprised. They say that Israel claims you have preconditions. Israel’s objective is to give the impression that it is prepared for peace but the problem is the conditions put by Syria. In actual fact Israel puts the condition of going back to square one. We talked about resuming negotiations from the point they had stopped. They want to go back to square one. We tell our international visitors: you want to achieve peace and at the same time you ask as to disagree about what we have already agreed on! This means lack of seriousness and lack of credibility, because every Israeli government comes and says that they are not responsible for what the previous Israeli government approved. We stress that we are prepared for negotiations without any preconditions in accordance with the Madrid terms of reference. In other words, we resume from the point we stopped at in the early 1990s."

From HE’s Speech before the Syrian Parliament in 2005, (March 5, 2005)

 "Perdonate se sorrido. Detto ciò, per la Siria l'accordo con Israele è una scelta strategica. Sharon dice di non credere alla sincerità delle mie offerte, ma allora perché non verificare? I parametri della pace li conosciamo già. Basta sedersi e negoziare."

From HE’s Interview with the Italian La Repubblica, (February 28, 2005) 

  "The problem of the peace process now is that they (the Israelis) were escaping from the implementation of the Security Council resolutions to partial mysterious and unclear agreements that need explanation." ‏ For example, the Oslo accord. What is taking place in Palestine now is a result of Oslo. They had signed an unclear accord, without implementation. It did not include clear items. It was words only. ‏ Then came Wye River, then Tenet and Mitchell’s plans and now the Roadmap. ‏ The peace process needs one agreement not ten. ‏ Now after the Roadmap, they talked about the Geneva initiative. If you have the Madrid terms of reference why do you need all this? This is what we have repeatedly confirmed in Syria. They have put forward the Roadmap and many initiatives. We said no, there is Madrid conference, i.e., the implementation of the Security Council resolutions. The basic thing is to return to the Security Council resolutions firstly and to work out mechanism secondly. The natural mechanism is negotiations in order to start these negotiations and to have a proper mechanism, that is the role of the sponsor? How can we deal with a party which hampers the peace process? Israel hampered it and nobody in the world has done anything. When you feel that you can obstruct the peace process why do you walk towards peace? The world must make Israel or any other party implement the Security Council resolutions. It must implement these resolutions, otherwise, it will become isolated. This is our vision of the peace process. "

From HE’s Interview with the Chinese People daily, (June 21, 2004)

 "Peace negotiations stopped in 1995 because of the assassination of Rabin. ‏ Following Rabin, Shimon Peres came to power and launched a war on Lebanon and perpetrated massacres, namely the Qana massacres, where more than 100 civilians were killed in a shelter. Peres lost the elections and then came Netanyahu who torpedoed the peace process because the principle of peace is land for peace, to restore land and take peace." ‏ Netanyahu said : "peace for peace". This means no land. Therefore, why do we establish peace if the land is not returned? ‏" " Netanyahu went and Barak came. He talked about peace and we responded. Two rounds of negotiations were held in Shepherdstown in the US. He wanted to negotiate everything except land. As you know, the core of the peace process is land. He also ran away from the subject of peace for internal reasons. There was a pressure on him by the parties. In fact, he did not realize peace and did not succeed in elections. Sharon came after. He entered the holy Aqsa Mosque and killed the Palestinians. When he became Prime Minister, he began to kill and is still killing the Palestinians up to this day. The Israelis reject any proposal towards the peace process. As I said, the peace process returns when Israel admits that these lands must be returned completely according to the Security Council resolutions, i.e. to June 4th 1967 lines. This is the only solution. ‏"

From HE’s Interview with the Chinese People daily, (June 21, 2004)

 "There is an established right , there are the Security Council resolutions and there is a clear mechanism . We always say , we are ready for negotiations when the circumstances are proper in Israel."

From HE’s Interview with Al-Jazeera TV. Channel, (May 3, 2004)

 "The principle of land-for-peace…. This principle is not clear or unacceptable to them. Their positions on eastern part of Tiberias Lake are still as they were. We refuse to negotiate any object unless there is an agreement on the basic principle," ; " We will say to all those that are our conditions for peace… Whoever can implement them, we are ready to continue negotiating... We deal with realities not speculations."

From HE’s Interview with al-Sharq al-Wsat Saudi daily, (January 29, 2004) 

  

 "We have to identify a comprehensive vision that consist of a number of elements, and that would lead in the end to the establishment of peace. The first element is to identify the objective which is the establishment of peace between the two conflicting parties that have been in a state of conflict for a number of years. Also, if we want to speak about the road, it is to implement (U.N.) Security Council resolutions relevant to the peace process, particularly the principle of 'land for peace' which applies to resolutions 242 and 338. We have also to identify the tools and instruments in order to move on this road to peace. The instruments are negotiations as far as we are concerned. This is the available instrument for the achievement of the final objective of peace. So moving on this road needs tools and instruments in order to achieve peace. These instruments need some kind of calibration to achieve the desired objective. Calibration needs criteria.”

  From HE’s Interview with Greek TV, (December 14, 2003)

  "We started the peace process 13 years ago, and we have not achieved anything. One reason is that there are is no criteria. So, the instrument or the vision that we have is the one we agreed on in the Madrid Conference; we, as one party, and the other parties, the United Nations, the United States, and all countries of the world supported the Madrid Conference which possessed the instruments, the road, the objectives and the vision. We should reconsider the causes of the failure of the peace process; we should put new criteria and move on with confidence. Then we can achieve peace. This is the Syrian vision which we propose to the officials we meet to discuss the peace process.”

 From HE’s Interview with Greek TV , (December 14, 2003)

"Some people say there are Syrian conditions, and my answer is no; we don't have Syrian conditions. What Syria says is this: negotiations should be resumed from the point at which they had stopped simply because we have achieved a great deal in these negotiations. If we don't say this, it means we want to go back to point zero in the peace process. This would also mean wasting a lot more time, and every day we waste more people are being killed and more violence erupts in the region"

From HE’s Interview with the New York Times, (December 1, 2003)

   

The basics are '' the full withdrawal from the occupied territories of 1967, the Palestinian State with east Jerusalem as its capital, the right of return" asserting that the initiative asserts " Arabs' desire for peace'' and exposes the '' Israelis who don't desire peace''. "The principle of the peace process is the land for peace. The land is an integrated one factor, either to be restored in full or to remain till it is to be fully restored. The second factor for Peace also consists of its components including, for example, the issue of water, relations, security arrangements including the disarmament of Mass destruction weapons and nuclear weapons which Israel possesses,"

From HE’s Speech before Beirut Arab Summit, (March 27, 2002)

 "I am going to go back to the word conditions. Israel, in its statements with senior officials, always says we reject Syrian conditions. In fact, Syria has never set any conditions, and we always say that Syria does not have certain conditions at all. When Syria speaks about the bases for peace it refers to the necessity of implementing Security Council resolutions and Madrid terms of reference. These terms of reference were not invented by Syria, rather they were American ideas and they became international resolutions once they were approved by the international community. And due to the Arabs desire to reach a genuine peace, they adhered to these terms of reference. Hence, our conditions are the conditions of the international community and they stipulate the full return of the Syrian rights. The international community is the one who met in Madrid and decided what are the terms of reference for peace. Thus, the terms of reference are agreed upon by the international community and we are part of this international community and we do not live outside it. The entire world, with the exception of Israel, has supported these terms of reference. Israel is the only country that refuses to talk about Security Council resolutions and the United Nations, and it refuses to adhere to the international will. As an example for this, I shall mention that upon his return from Madrid conference, Yitzhak Shamir said to the journalists that he will make the peace process drag for ten years and this is actually what had taken place. Now, when we say we want negotiations, negotiations for us are the means and not the end in themselves. When we started negotiations in 1991, we started because we were convinced that peace is going to be achieved through an honest broker of the negotiations and through a true adherence to the terms of reference that were announced in Madrid. Ten years from that time we can say that the peace process has suffered an absolute failure. Is it possible to re-launch future negotiations without analyzing the reasons that had led to this failure and without avoiding these reasons? This means that we could go back ten years from now and say why did the peace process fail, and we would have wasted twenty years."

From HE’s Interview with the Italian Corriere Della Sera, (February 14, 2002)

“We have stated and repeat that we want peace, and that we put no conditions on achieving it other than abiding by United Nations resolutions and the principle of land for peace. At the same time we shall not give up an inch of our territory or any of our rights, Syrian and Arab.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Greece President  , (February 2, 2002)

 “Just and comprehensive peace is attainable through the implementation of United Nations resolutions which call for Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories to the line of 4th June, 1967, and recognition of the right of the Arab people of Palestine to their independent state with Jerusalem its capital, and repatriation of Palestinian refugees.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Greece President  , (February 2, 2002)

“We seek support to the ranks of those who advocate peace in our region, and hope that the co-sponsors of the peace process, the European Union and the United Nations will comply with the requirements of ending aggression and restoring just and comprehensive peace in our region.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Greece President  , (February 2, 2002)

''We have to alleviate humanity to the highest as to guarantee for our children at present and in the future a secure life free of hatred, and full of amity, cooperation, and tolerance.''

President Assad declared during his visit to France, (June, 2001)

"Furthermore, the Israelis replaced the principle of peace through force with the principle of land for peace, which means that the culture of peace hasn't been mature yet. So far, they haven't realized that security would never be achieved but through peace and that the realization of peace would bring security.'' 
President Assad declared during his visit to France, (June, 2001)

"We in Syria had never been for war neither had viewed in it, whether for us or others, any interest; we do speak of peace hence it is the desire."

President Assad declared in a recent interview with the French ' Le Figaro', (June 23, 2001)

"Once Israel was to be able to offer genuine peace, a just and balanced peace deal was to be signed, there would be a recognition of Israel."

From HE’s Interview with the French Television, (June 22, 2001) 

  "We were very clear in dealing with peace issues, firm in our stands since the beginning of the peace process in Madrid in 1991; unlike the Israeli policy that fluctuated sometimes and put obstacles at other times. Until this very moment they did not give us any proof that invites confidence that they have a true and genuine desire to achieve peace. Rather they have been suggesting different versions in order to cover what they truly want to do so they ask us to be flexible and I think that they mean the territory should be flexible in order to press its borders and make it shrink in a way that suits their objectives or they send us missionaries who ask us to agree to a modified line of June 4 and ask us to call this modified line June 4, as if the difference is about naming the line. Or they suggest to give us 95% of our land and when we ask about the remaining 5% they say it is only a problem of few meters and this should not be an obstacle in the way of peace. If those few meters are not a problem and should not be an obstacle in the way of peace, then why they don't return to the June 4th lines and give us 5% of the territory west of the Lake? They have betted on many things; they have betted on the health of President al-Assad forgetting that national leaders who enter history enter it through the doors of their own countries and enter the world of eternity through the same door and never through concessions and giving up rights. They have betted on the military strength and were defeated in Lebanon. They have betted on our national unity and our people defeated this bet and now what are they going to bet on? The only betting that may succeed is to bet on the will of the people to return their rights through the return of their complete territories to the line of June 4, 1967. Only then we can proceed towards a just and comprehensive peace. We call upon the United States to play its full role as an honest broker and a cosponsor of the peace process. Pressure has to be exerted in order to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy with all the legitimate rights they dictate for the Lebanese, the Syrian and Palestinian people. "

From HE’s First Presidential Term Inauguration Speech ,( July 17, 2000)  

 "We would like to stress here that we have the urge to reach a state of peace but we are not ready to give up an inch of our territory nor do we accept our sovereignty to be impinged upon."

From HE’s First Presidential Term Inauguration Speech, ( July 17, 2000)

  "The question of the land is a question of sovereignty and honor. The land (value) is not measured by economic or real estate considerations," adding that Syria will not give gifts of that sort and that US President Bill Clinton himself understands the "importance of this element for us.” "What is the relations of being in hurry to achieve peace or assign this position to this person or that? Incomplete peace does not serve any objective nor any person, whoever, to rule in the future.”

 From HE’s Interview with Al-Wasat Magazine, (April 17, 2000) 

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

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