The man in charge of a UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri has presented the Security Council with an interim report. Hariri was killed in an attack in the Lebanese capital Beirut in February.
The document concludes that his murder could not have been organised without the approval of top-ranked Syrian officials nor the collusion of their counterparts in the Lebanese security services. While praising Lebanon’s cooperation in the inquiry, German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis called on Syria to do the same: “The commission will endeavour to provide the Lebanese with any technical assistance they might require. Moreover, the commission is of the view that this would provide yet another opportunity for the Syrian authorities to show greater and meaningful cooperation and to provide any relevant substantial evidence on the assassination.” Talks are continuing, meanwhile, among Council members to discuss any future action against Syria.