Syria accused Israel of stalling after Tuesday's (21 May) meeting with United States's Secretary of State Dr.
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Background: Syria accused Israel of stalling after Tuesday's (21 May) meeting with United States's Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, who is trying to obtain peace between the two countries.
Dr. Kissinger said progress was made in certain areas during his talks with Syria's President Hafez Al-Assad but since then the chance of a settlement, which seemed imminent on Saturday (18th May) seems to have diminished.
Senior American officials with Dr. Kissinger said they were still hopeful of an agreement by this weekend (25th and 26th May) but there would come a point when it would be unproductive for Dr. Kissinger to stay in the Middle East.
Sporadic fighting between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights fornt is continuing, although the route of the disengagement line appears decided.
Observers say the present disagreement is over how the Israelis and Syrians should thin out their forces on either side of a United Nations' buffer zone. Syria is insisting on complete Israeli withdrawal form all Syrian territory and Israeli recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Syria's Foreign Minister abdel-Nalim Khaddam and American Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Joseph Sisco were in the two parties at Tuesday's meeting.
Dr. Kissinger left for Jerusalem after the talks and he has continued to move between the two capitals in his bid for a settlement.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger again said progress was made in certain areas during these talks but the Syrian News Agency issued a statement later, saying the Israelis were stalling over matters which had to be solved before settlement could be reached.
The disputed route of the disengagement line has virtually been solved, but sporadic fighting is continuing on the Golan Heights.