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Monday, 12 June, 2000, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Assad: Audio/Video highlights

Watch or listen to selected extracts from the BBC's coverage of the death of the 69-year-old Syrian President, Hafez al-Assad.


Last respects

Foreign leaders pay their respects to President Assad after his coffin passes through Damascus mourned by a vast crowd.

The BBC's Brian Barron "A long day of public mourning"

The BBC's Linda Duffin: "The city was shrouded in black and echoed to verses of the Koran"

Syrian television announces the death of President Assad

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen: "In Damascus crowds went into the streets to mourn"

Former Israeli Premier Shimon Peres: "The death of an age"





Critical timing

President Assad's death comes at a critical stage in the Middle East peace process. It throws the spotlight on the weakness of Arab democracy and the role of a strong leader

The BBC's Hilary Andersson in Jerusalem: "Many people see this as the end of the old Middle East."

The BBC's Jim Muir: "No precedent in the Middle East for power being passed from father to son in one of the secular Arab republics"


Crucial transition

President Assad's son, Bashar, a western-educated eye doctor looks set to take over. But the succession is not assured and the long-term stability of Syria remains in question.

Syria's Ambassador in London, Sami Glaiel: "The transition is very smooth."

President Assad's biographer, Professor Moshe Ma'Oz in Jerusalem on Israeli hopes for democracy in Syria.

The Centre for Strategic Studies' Anthony Cordesman in Washington guages the stability of Syria's new government.

The BBC's Brian Hanrahan in Damascus: "Bashar's political opponents have been swept away"

The BBC's Jeremy Cooke in Damascas: "The Syrian people want stability above all other things"

Moshe Fogel, Israeli Government spokesman: "We have many question marks in our minds"

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