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End of freeze on contact between Syria and EU

End of freeze on contact between Syria and EU
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The first high-level contact in two years between the European Union and Syria has taken place. The EU’s foreign policy chief is in Damascus for talks on the political crisis in Lebanon. Javier Solana has urged the Syrian President to do more to help ease tensions in Lebanon where there’s a struggle for power.

Solana said: “What we have reached so far is the opening of a channel of communication which we didn’t have before with the president because for a long period of time we have been without contacts and I wouldn’t say that this is the finalisation of a process, this is the beginning of a process.

Solana also said the EU supports Syria’s goal of regaining the occupied Golan Heights from Israel, territory taken in 1967. Syria is seen as key to breaking a four-month deadlock between Lebanon’s anti-Syrian majority and an opposition that includes Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran