May 21, 2008 8:15 AM

Syria, Israel announce search for 'comprehensive peace'

With Turkey serving as a mediator, Israeli and Syrian negotiators have spent more than 15 months quietly laying the groundwork for the new negotiations. If successful, the talks could lead to a shift in regional dynamics by returning the Israeli-held Golan Heights to Syria, cutting off critical support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, and diminishing the influence of Iran.

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