The Syrians will say, and everyone assumes, that the primary goal of Syrian policy is to get the Golan back. That is not the case. The primary goal of the Syrian regime is to stay in power. (Getting the Golan back is secondary). A case can be made that the regime has a better chance to stay in power without the Golan and without Peace, then with the Golan and with Peace.
from the article: Syria reportedly to skip summit, as Haniyeh calls meet 'stillborn'