Syria keen on full cooperation with UN probe

Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al- Shara said on Monday that Syria is willing to cooperate fully with the UN probe into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the official SANA news agency reported.

"Syria is keen on cooperating fully with the international investigation committee and installing the appropriate mechanisms to do so," Shara said in a political report at the meeting of the central leadership of the National Progressive Front.

"Syria is concerned in achieving stability in the region and shows cooperation in all the proposed issues," he added.

Earlier in the day, a Syrian Foreign Ministry source confirmed to Xinhua that Syria has received a formal UN request to question Syrian officials in connection with the probe into Hariri's death.

"Syrian government is mulling the request," said a source at the Foreign Media Department of the Foreign Ministry on condition of anonymity.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat is reportedly among the officials to be questioned.

"Syria will allow the UN investigators to question any Syrians they want to, including those they have questioned," director of the Foreign Media Department Bashali Kanfani said on Sunday.

An interim report presented by chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis on Oct. 20 implicated Syrian and Lebanese officials in the killing of Hariri in a car bomb blast in Beirut on Feb. 14.

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

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Oct. 31, demanding Syria cooperate fully with the UN investigation or face possible "further action".

Source: Xinhua



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