ARAB-IRANIAN RELATIONS - June 14 - Restraint In Syria Urged.
FM Kharrazi urges restraint in Syria, saying the situation could
become dangerous if anyone rocked the boat. (Syria, Iran's closest
Arab ally, faces daunting challenges after the sudden death of Pres.
Hafez Al Assad and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from S. Lebanon.)
Kharrazi tells reporters at a news conference in Berne: "I am sure
you will agree with me that it is a volatile region and a very sensitive
one, and any provocation can lead to a dangerous situation in
Syria". He says he has held talks with Assad's son and
heir-apparent Bashar, who he says enjoyed the support of various parties
within Syria. Analysts question whether Bashar, an eye doctor, could
take his father's place. While parliament has changed the Syrian
constitution to allow Bashar to rule, Hafez Al Assad's exiled brother Rifaat has denounced the nomination of Bashar as Syria's
next leader and vowed to mount a challenge himself.