The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
According to the U.N. News Service, the resolution endorses the findings of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) into the Hariri assassination, noting Syrian authorities have cooperated in form but not substance with the Commission. Last week UNIIIC lead investigator, Detlev Mehlis, said Syria had given misleading information and had not fully co-operated with UNIIIC and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother and brother-in-law were among the suspects.
The resolution requires Syria to detain Syrian officials or individuals whom UNIIIC suspects of involvement in the planning, sponsoring, organizing or perpetrating of this terrorist act, and make them fully available to the Commission. Those suspects would also be banned from traveling and have their assets frozen.
The Security Council insists that Syria "not interfere in Lebanese domestic affairs, either directly or indirectly, refrain from any attempt aimed at destabilizing Lebanon, and respect scrupulously the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of this country." The council also said
"Syria's continued lack of cooperation to the inquiry would constitute a serious violation of its obligations under relevant resolutions,"
Mehlis will release a more detailed report on December 15, setting a six-week deadline for Syria to
U.N. Demands Syrian Cooperation