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Syria / Assad Death / Succession / Regional Peace #435543

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Jun 11, 2000
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(Studio: Andria Hall) The mourning in Syria for President Hafez al-Assad introduced.

(Damascus: Mike Hanna) Moves to set up Bashar al-Assad as his father's successor featured; scenes shown from Damascus of marching mourners.

(Studio: Andria Hall) Statement from Jordan's King Abdullah noted. [In interview excerpt, King ABDULLAH - talks about Bashar.] {Edward: see 5:18:30 below for the full interview.}

(Studio: Andria Hall) The reaction in Israel to changes in Syria reported. [Israeli deputy defense minister Ephraim SNEH - says the key is how Syria acts in Lebanon.]

(White House: Kelly Wallace) The effects of Assad's death on Middle East peace examined; details given of the coming Israel-Palestinian talks in the US. [Former Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - says Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat must realize time is running out.] [US Middle East peace envoy Ambassador Dennis ROSS - cites a sense of urgency in the Middle East.] [White House chief of staff John PODESTA - comments on the differences in peace positions.] The unresolved issues in the Middle East outlined on screen. [As-Safir Hisham MELHEM - doubts an agreement can be reached.]

(Studio: Andria Hall) The timetable for funeral services for Assad outlined.

Hall, Andria;
Hanna, Mike;
Wallace, Kelly

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