Mehlis to stay until successor named: Annan

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14 December 2005, NEW YORK - Outgoing U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis will remain engaged in the investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri until a replacement is found, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.

14 December 2005

NEW YORK - Outgoing U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis will remain engaged in the investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri until a replacement is found, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.

Mehlis, a top anti-terrorism prosecutor in Berlin, will leave the independent investigation commission on Thursday to return to Germany after leading it for seven months.

Annan told reporters he was moving "quickly" to find a successor to Mehlis in "a week or two." He said Mehlis has agreed to continue to assist the investigation.

Annan said the job is a "high-profile and high-pressure" position and many people have turned it down. He said he had similar problems before Mehlis accepted the post.

"But I am sure I'll find one," Annan said.

Hariri and 20 other people were killed on February 14 by a massive bomb in Beirut.

Mehlis submitted Monday his second report on the investigation, accusing the Syrian government of failing to fully cooperate and of burning documents related to the killing of Hariri.

He was scheduled to meet with the U.N. Security Council later Tuesday to discuss the latest findings.

DPA

Subject: German news

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