...Assad, in his speech, called on Israel to respond publicly to peace overtures from Damascus."The Israelis should remember that the price of peace is lower than the cost of war," Assad said.
But, he said, Syria wanted "certain guarantees" from Israel - namely a promise for a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal, before negotiations would begin."There must be guarantees to return the whole land," Assad said. "We cannot enter negotiations without knowing what they're going to be about. They must present a word of trust or something written."
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