Monday, June 12, 2000

In Washington, U.S. special envoy Ross holds separate mtgs. with the heads of the PA-Israeli teams on final status (Qurai' and Ben-Ami, respectively) and interim affairs (Erakat and Eran, respectively). The mtgs. are 1 day behind schedule because of Asad's funeral. (AYM 6/12 in WNC 6/13)

Rifat al-Asad issues a statement fr. Spain, where he has lived in exile since staging a 1983 coup against his brother, the late pres. Hafiz al-Asad, condemning the transfer of power to Bashar al-Asad as antidemocratic, unconstitutional. Syrian authorities have reportedly issued a warrant to arrest Rifat if he enters the country to attend Hafiz's funeral. (MM 6/12; NYT, WP, WT 6/13; NYT, WT 6/14; MM 6/15; MEI 6/16)