EU: New Syrian leader Faces 'Crucial Role'

Published June 11th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Whoever succeeds Hafez Assad as Syria's president will have a "crucial role" in building a more stable Middle East region, EU Commission President Romano Prodi has said. 

"President Assad was one of the great leaders of the region and will be remembered for his lasting contribution to his country," said Prodi, chief of the European Union's executive branch, in a message of condolence. 

"The European Commission expresses its sympathy and support for the Syrian government and people," he said. 

"They and president Assad's successor will have a crucial role to play in the Middle East peace process and in ensuring a stable and prosperous future of the region," he added - BRUSSLES (AFP) 


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