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He told the BBC in an interview, that the agenda of the conference slated for November in the United States would have to include the return of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.


Mr Assad also said his country would retaliate to an Israeli air strike on its own terms.

The BBC's correspondent said Mr Assad identified the target of the air strike last month as an "unused military building" and that the warplanes had hit "nothing of consequences".

In his first public reaction to the strike on northern Syria, the president said in the rare interview with a foreign journalist that it showed Israel's "visceral antipathy towards peace".

The BBC quoted Mr Assad as saying Syria reserved the right to respond to the attack.

"Retaliate does not mean missile for missile and bomb for bomb. We have our means to retaliate, maybe politically, maybe in other ways," said Assad.

"But if we want to retaliate militarily, this means we're going to work according to the Israeli agenda, something we don't look for" in the runup to the conference, he said.

Unease on border

Tensions have soared on Israel's border with Syria since Damascus said its air defences fired on Israeli warplanes that dropped munitions deep inside its territory in the early hours of September 6.

US and British press reports said Israeli warplanes bombarded a secret military site harbouring North Korean nuclear material after first consulting Washington.

Both Damascus and Pyongyang have strongly denied the reports on the target.

Israel has maintained official silence on the action.

Uncertain to attend

On the US-sponsored conference, the Syrian leader said Damascus had yet to decide whether to attend because it needed further clarification about what would be discussed.

"So far we didn't have the invitation and we didn't have any clarification about anything," he said.

"If they don't talk about the Syrian occupied territory, no, there's no way for Syria to go there.

"It should be about comprehensive peace, and Syria is part of this comprehensive peace. Without that, we shouldn't go, we wouldn't go," said the Syrian president.

However, Assad said he recognised the opportunity for peace that the conference provided.

"We don't have lots of opportunities to squander, because the more opportunities you lose, the more peace is going to be difficult. This conference or any conference is going to be opportunity but it should be purposeful and it should be substantive."

The conference has been called to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the United States said it would invite Syria, a key player in any regional peace deal.

Syria demands the return of the entire Golan Heights which Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in 1981. Direct negotiations between the two countries broke down in January 2000.

It has come under international pressure over its alleged meddling in Lebanon, Iraq and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israel has not voiced any objection to the planned invitation of Damascus for the conference, insisting that Washington alone was responsible for who it invited.

In July, Israel rejected a Syrian demand that it agree to withdraw from the Golan Heights before peace talks could resume.

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