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On behalf of the Council, I should like to convey to the Government and the people of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the bereaved family deep condolences.
I now invite the members of the Security Council to stand and observe a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of President Hafez Al-Assad.
The members of the Council observed a minute of silence.
Mr. Jerandi (Tunisia) (spoke in Arabic ): First, I wish to express sincere condolences on the passing of President Hafez Al-Assad of Syria. This was an immense loss not only for Syria, but also for the Arab world as a whole because Mr. Al-Assad had great personal qualities and did so much for the cause of the Middle East and the Arab cause. For 25 years he worked tirelessly and generously for his nation and his people. May God receive him in his mercy.
The meeting rose at 1.45 p.m.
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