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2005-12-20 09:43:51

CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister said on Tuesday that witnesses misled an investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri but that Damascus would cooperate with the new head of the inquiry. Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz is expected to take over as head of the U.N. inquiry from German Detlev Mehlis, who directly blamed the "Syrian authorities" for Hariri's murder in remarks published on Saturday. Many Lebanese have long blamed Syria for...

2005-12-17 12:40:09

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Detlev Mehlis, the outgoing head of a U.N. investigation into the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, has directly blamed "Syrian authorities" for the first time. In comments published in Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Saturday, Mehlis said some countries wanted him to rewrite a report that implicated Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies in the February 14 murder, but that he had refused. Asked if he thought the Syrian government...

2005-12-15 17:56:01

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to extend for six months the international probe into the murder of a former Lebanese leader and told Syria to cooperate fully with investigators. The resolution also authorizes the U.N. commission inquiring into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, to provide technical assistance to the Beirut government for a string of other politically motivated...

2005-12-15 16:39:07

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members agreed on Thursday on extending by six months a probe into the murder of a former Lebanese leader but formal approval was delayed by differences over how to characterize Syrian cooperation with the investigation. The mandate for the probe into the killing of Rafik Hariri in a truck bomb in Beirut on February 14 was to expire by midnight (0500 GMT). The resolution extending it was initiated by France and...

2005-12-15 14:02:31

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian cooperation with a U.N. inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is slow but Damascus has made a significant effort to improve it, the investigation's outgoing chief said on Thursday. German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who is set to leave the inquiry once the world body names a successor, told CNN he believed Syria's decision to allow the questioning of five of its officials in Vienna earlier in December was the result of a...

2005-12-14 21:54:39

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council plans on Thursday to extend by six months the inquiry into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister but Western powers were forced to compromise on the scope of the probe. France, the United States and Britain had wanted to expand the work of the U.N. commission investigating the murder of Rafik Hariri to other politically motivated killings in Lebanon over the past year, if the inquiry team was able to do...

2005-12-13 18:17:28

Please read in fifth paragraph ... German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis ... instead of ... German judge Detlev Mehlis A corrected story follows: By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria on Tuesday rebuffed U.N. accusations that it was hampering an inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and complained of violations in the questioning of five officials. "We disagree with the inaccurate remarks in the (U.N.) report that indicate slowness on the part of...

2005-12-13 17:11:29

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri could take years unless Syria speeds up cooperation with the investigation, the head of the probe said on Tuesday. In response, Syria's U.N. ambassador Fayssal Mekdad told the U.N. Security Council his country had not hindered the investigation, led by Detlev Mehlis, a German prosecutor. "We are ready to do whatever the commission requests us to do,"...

2005-12-13 18:22:13

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria on Tuesday rebuffed U.N. accusations that it was hampering an inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and complained of violations in the questioning of five officials. "We disagree with the inaccurate remarks in the (U.N.) report that indicate slowness on the part of Syria in offering full cooperation with the work of the international investigation committee," it said in a statement to the U.N. Security...

2005-12-13 01:07:45

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 15-nation Security Council weighs its response on Tuesday to a U.N. investigation that accused Syria of hindering its probe into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The council first hears an oral presentation from Detlev Mehlis, the German prosecutor who led the inquiry. Mehlis said in a report delivered on Monday that his team had found new evidence implicating Syria in the truck bomb murder of Hariri and 22...


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