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UPDATED: 09:04, November 03, 2005
Syria reasserts readiness to cooperate in probe of Hariri killing
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Syria on Wednesday renewed its readiness for continuous cooperation with the United Nations in the probe of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the official SANA news agency reported.

"Unveiling the truth is in Syria's interests as it is in Lebanon's," Speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly (Parliament) Mahmoud al-Abrash was quoted as saying.

Abrash, who have made phone calls to parliament speakers in Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan, said that his Arab counterparts voiced relief for Syria's cooperation and extended their countries' support to Syria.

Damascus is facing mounting international pressure following an interim UN report by chief investigator Detlev Mehlis on Oct. 20, which said there was "converging evidence" of Syrian and Lebanese involvement in the killing of Hariri in a car bomb blast in Beirut on Feb. 14.

Syria denied any involvement and dismissed the report as politically motivated.

The United States, France and Britain sponsored a draft resolution on Oct. 25, but dropped the specific reference to the threat of economic sanctions in a last-minute concession to secure an unanimous vote for the resolution in the UN Security Council meeting on Monday.

The adopted resolution demands full Syrian cooperation with the UN probe into Hariri's killing, threatening to take "further action" if Syria does not comply.

Source: Xinhua

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