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Senior Israeli officials are pouring cold water on reports that a secret peace deal was reached with Syria last year.
According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the deal would involve Israel returning the occupied Golan Heights to Syrian sovereignty, 40 years after they were seized in the 1967 war.
Most of the area would become a park to which Israelis would have unfettered access, and Israel would continue to control the waters of the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee.
Syria denied on Tuesday an Israeli media report that it has contacted Israel for peace understandings, the official SANA news agency reported.
An official source from the foreign ministry made the denial in an interview, saying "such information is categorically unfounded and baseless", SANA reported, without giving further details.
The denial came after Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported on its website earlier Tuesday that Israel and Syria has reached understandings, at an unofficial level, for a peace agreement through a series of secret meetings in Europe between Sept. 2004 and July 2006.