Syria refuses to negotiate with Israel's Olmert government- report .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} Syria has postponed a proposal to renew Turkey-mediated indirect talks with Israel, Israel's Jerusalem Post reported Sunday on its online edition.

According to the report, the Qatari paper al-Watan quoted Arab sources in Syria as saying that Damascus prefers to wait until after U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration to the White House, and the establishment of a new Israeli government.

The sources added that Syria does not wish to carry out negotiations with outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government in its final days.

Olmert will visit Turkey on Monday to meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Olmert said Thursday it is possible to negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and Syria, adding the indirect Israel-Syria talks mediated by Turkey over the past several months can lead to direct negotiations.

He handed in his resignation on Sept. 21 but plans to remain at the head of a caretaker Israeli government until after early general elections scheduled for Feb. 10.

Turkey has been mediating indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria. The talks, which were suspended about three months ago after Olmert decided to resign over a corruption scandal, center on the fate of the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it more than a decade later, a move unanimously rejected by the United Nations Security Council.