Syria calls for fairness in Security Council debate

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2005, DAMASCUS - Syria Tuesday appealed to the United Nations Security Council for a fair debate on the U.N. report on the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, which had implicated Syrian and Lebanese security officials.

25 October 2005

DAMASCUS - Syria Tuesday appealed to the United Nations Security Council for a fair debate on the U.N. report on the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, which had implicated Syrian and Lebanese security officials.

Syria's comments came ahead of a scheduled meeting of the Security Council Tuesday to hear the report by German U.N. prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who found evidence of Syrian involvement and a lack of cooperation from Damascus during his investigation.

Damascus insists it is innocent of Hariri's death in a bomb blast in Beirut on February 14 this year.

The United States and France are pressing for a new U.N. resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with an investigation into Hariri's assassination, while Russia is concerned that such a move could further destabilize the Middle East.

Lebanon and Syria have also asked to speak to the Council, which is expected to start discussing a new resolution later in the week, though diplomats say no draft has yet been circulated.

On Tuesday, the al-Baath newspaper of Syria's ruling Baath party warned the Security Council should not give in to what the paper termed the "duress of pressures exerted by superpowers."

Mehlis' findings were "a dim political report fabricated according to a series of allegations and accusations that lack any material evidence and aims only at holding Syria accountable for Hariri's murder for certain targets and intentions well known for all people," the paper said.

The Council should adhere to the principles of justice that maintain the role of the U.N. and put an end to attempts to create new tension in the Middle East, the paper said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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