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UPDATED: 11:51, October 23, 2005
Iran calls for more documented report on Hariri's assassination
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Iran on Saturday called for a more documented final report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, voicing hope that the case should not be used for political objectives.

"As the UN secretary-general has emphasized accuracy of legal and technical aspects of the report, we hope that the final report would be more documented and free from political consideration," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

Stressing that Iran followed up the report precisely and patiently, Asefi said that Iran had stated that Hariri's assassination was of terrorist nature and had called for a probe.

He said that Tehran will refrain from making hasty judgment about the assassination until the final report of the UN Inquiry Committee is released.

"Process of the UN inquiry should focus on detecting the facts and identifying assassins, which would be effective in maintaining regional peace and stability," Asefi said.

He praised Syria's cooperation with UN inquiry officials on the case, saying "Syrian officials have displayed goodwill in the UN inquiry and the international community is expected to appreciate Syria's cooperation and take into account the viewpoints of the Syrian government and people on handling the affair."

A UN report on Hariri's assassination concluded on Thursday that some senior Syrian and Lebanese intelligence and security officials were found responsible for the murder, which has been rejected by Damascus as politically motivated.

Iran has close relations with Syria, which is under harsh economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

Source: Xinhua

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