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Saturday, August 27, 2005 

Syrians to meet UN Hariri investigator within 24 hours

A Syrian representative will meet the UN investigator in charge of the Rafiq Al-Hariri probe in Geneva within 24 hours, according to the UN.

It comes just one day after the investigator, Detlev Mehlis, criticised Syria's failure to co-operate fully. The US quickly accused Damascus of hindering the investigation. And Lebanon's Prime Minister sent a veiled plea to Damascus, saying that 'all sides' must help the UN determine what happened to Hariri.

The announcement of the meeting comes from Al-Mustaqbal Television in Beirut, which was owned by Rafiq Al-Hariri (and has now passed to his son Sa'ad). Sa'ad himself said: "countries that are brothers and friends of Lebanon are required to cooperate."

At the same time, the Syrian Foreign Ministry has back-peddled and says that: "Syria is ready to cooperate with the international enquiry commission to arrive at the truth in the crime of Rafiq al-Hariri's assassination."

The UN noted that Syria offered 'talks' with the UN investigator, but the UN says that is not enough - they want interviews and official documents. Embarrasingly for Syria, Israel and Jordan were praised for their help in the investigation.

Why did,nt Saniora discuss that with president Assad when he was in syria,syria should not let the west have an excuse to attack syria and it,s people.

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