December 12, 2005

UN probe says Syria slow to cooperate

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. inquiry said on Monday Syrian
cooperation with its investigation into the killing of a former
Lebanese prime minister was slow and called on Damascus to
arrest Syrian suspects.

"Given that its substantive lines of enquiry are far from
being completed, and given the slow pace with which the Syrian
authorities are beginning to discharge their commitments ...
the commission recommends that there be such an extension and
for a minimum period of six months," it said in a copy of the
report to the Security Council obtained by Reuters in Beirut.

"Syria must detain those Syrian officials or individuals
whom the commission considers as suspected of involvement in
the planning, sponsoring, organizing or perpetrating of this
terrorist act," it said.