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UPDATED: 09:16, November 10, 2005
Syria invites chief UN investigator to visit Damascus
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Syria has invited chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis to visit Damascus and discuss cooperation in the probe into the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, the official SANA news agency reported on Wednesday.

"The Syrian commission of inquiry invites you to come to Syria at a date that you will specify so the two commissions can study the best means and mechanisms of cooperation," Ghada Murad, head of Syria's own probe into Hariri's killing, said in a letter sent Tuesday to Mehlis who is currently in Lebanon on his work.

"As we hope that you would agree on the visit...we propose in this regard the signing of a memorandum of understanding with your committee to achieve the desired cooperation," Murad said.

The letter said the Syrian commission "expresses its readiness for a complete cooperation and a thorough coordination with your commission to reach the truth which we are all seeking."

Syria said on Monday it was considering a formal UN request to question six Syrian officials in connection with the probe into Hariri's death.

President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and head of Syria's military intelligence, Assef Shawkat, was reportedly on the list of the officials that Mehlis intended to question.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution 1636 on Oct. 31, demanding Syria cooperate fully with the UN probe in Hariri's killing, or face possible "further action".

An interim report presented by Mehlis on Oct. 20 implicated Syrian and Lebanese officials in a car bomb blast in Beirut on Feb. 14, which killed Hariri and 22 others.

Syria has denied any involvement and dismissed the report as politically motivated, but promised to cooperate with the probe.

Source: Xinhua

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