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Shepherdstown Conference (2000)
A conference held in Shepherdstown, WV, on 3-11 January 2000, with the goal of promoting peace negotiations between Israel and Syria following the Washington Talks. The Israeli side was represented by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and the Syrian side by Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, with the talks sponsored by US President Bill Clinton. The main issue on discussion was the future border between the two countries, with the Syrians demanding a commitment for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines, while the Israelis insisted on the 1923 international border, denying the Syrians direct access to the Sea of Galilee. The conference ended without an agreement.