Syria refuses to renew its indirect negotiations with Israel until the latter responds to queries regarding plans for the disputed Golan Heights, the Arabic-language Al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Syria has given Turkish mediators its responses to Israel's security questions, but has asked that the document not be transferred until Jerusalem delivers its responses to Damascus' own queries.

Turkey has recently urged a renewal of negotiations, particularly in light of Barack Obama's election to the U.S. presidency.

Both Turkey and Syria have expressed hope that the new U.S. administration will enable an intensive advancement of contacts and perhaps even bring about direct negotiations.

The Bush administration has long had reservations about Israel's talks with Syria and refuses to play any active role in them.

Obama, however, favors American dialogue with Syria, and would presumably agree to take an active role in Israeli-Syrian talks.