France calls for Security Council resolution on Syria

24th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 24 (AFP) - France wants a UN Security Council resolution to be passed demanding that Syria cooperate fully with an international probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.

PARIS, Oct 24 (AFP) - France wants a UN Security Council resolution to be passed demanding that Syria cooperate fully with an international probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.

The UN must "demand from the Syrian authorities that they collaborate entirely with this inquiry and commit themselves to cooperating fully with the Mehlis commission" investigating Hariri's assassination in February, he told reporters.

"If it (Syria) does not cooperate, Mr (Detlev) Mehlis will tell the Security Council and, in that case, there will be consequences," Douste-Blazy said.

He added that he hoped a resolution could be quickly submitted and that it would be adopted unanimously."

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

A UN report into the assassination concluded last week that senior Syrian security officials probably approved the murder.

The report cited "converging evidence" of Syrian and Lebanese involvement and accused Damascus of blocking and misleading the probe.

Syria, which pulled out its troops from Lebanon in April amid an outcry over the assassination, has been bracing for possible international sanctions over the report.

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