Mideast talks resume

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The Independent Online
JERUSALEM (Reuter) - Israeli negotiators left yesterday for a new round of bargaining with Syria in Washington, leaving behind a raging debate over whether Israel should return the occupied Golan Heights. As the Israeli delegation arrived to catch their flight, thousands of protesters gathered outside the airport to oppose an offer of territorial concessions by the Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

Israeli officials said they hoped an Israeli-Syrian statement would emerge from the talks starting today. But cabinet ministers emphasised Israel would press Syria to show it wanted a peace treaty before discussing the offer to return part of the Golan Heights.